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Introducing the 






Boston Public Scliools 



A Guide for Parents and Students 



Choosing a school in Boston 

How, where and when to sign up for school 

Important dates and phone numbers 

Individual school information and school hours 

Boston Public Schools programs 

Transportation services 

Maps 

And more! 




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Introducing the Boston Public Scliools 

A Guide for Parents and Students 



A publication of 

The Boston Public Sclioois 

26 Court Street • Boston MA 02108 • (617) 635-9316 (Parent Outreacli Office) 

Ttie Scliooi Committee of tlie City of Boston 

Officers • Felix D. Arroyo, Chairperson • Alfreda J. Harris, Vice Chairperson 
Members • Robert P. Gittens • John Gould • Edwin Melendez • Elizabeth Reilinger • William Spring 

Superintendent 

Thomas W. Payzant, Ph.D. 

This guide is intended as a general introduction to the Boston Public Schools. It is not a comprehensive policy manual. Some 

of the information in this guide may have changed since it was printed. For further information, call any Parent Information 

Center, listed on the back cover, or the Parent Outreach Office, 635-9316. 

Produced by the Parent Outreach Office, with assistance from the staff of the Department of Implementation and Parent 
Information Centers. Partial funding from the Massachusetts Department of Education. 

JANUARY 1996 



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Introducing the 



Boston Public Schools 



A Guide for Parents and Students 



Inside... 

How will you decide which school is best for 

your child? 3 

H Map of Boston's School Assignment Zones 3 

I Signing Up for School 4 

Who needs to apply 4 

Where to get an application 4 

What to bring to register a new student 4 

Immunizations 5 

When to apply 5 

How to improve your chances of getting the 

school you choose 5 

How the Boston Public Schools assigns students 5 

Walk zone and sibling preference 5 

If you don't get your first choice 5 

Waiting lists 6 

Administrative assignments 6 

Transfers 6 

If you move 6 

If you become homeless 6 

Expulsion 6 

■ Transportation 6 

Alternative transportation 6 

Transportation office phone numbers 7 

■ Boston Public Schools Programs 

Kindergarten 7 

Bilingual education 7 

Special education 8 



Advanced Work Class 8 

High schools 8 

Technical/vocational education 8 

The examination schools 8 

More About Our Schools 8 

Parent involvement 8 

Building improvements 9 

Attendance policy 9 

Resource Directory for Parents 9 

1996-97 School Hours 10 

Individual School Information 11 

Citywide Elementary and Middle Schools 11 

East Zone Elementary Schools 12 

East Zone Map 13 

East Zone Middle Schools 20 

North Zone Elementary Schools 22 

North Zone Map 23 

North Zone Middle Schools 31 

West Zone Elementary Schools 33 

West Zone Map 34 

West Zone Middle Schools 40 

High Schools 42 

Parent Information Centers Back Cover 

How to Register and Apply for 

School (Summary) Back Cover 



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^^^^^^^^^^^^" middle schools in your assignment area, plus several citywide schools. High school 

students may choose from among all twelve regular high schools. [There is a separate admission process for the 
three "examination" schools.] 



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So that each school is as racially and 
ethnically diverse as possible, reflecting 
the rich cultural diversity of our city, we 
assign students according to racial and 
ethnic guidelines as well as choice. This is 
why we call Boston's assignment plan 
"controlled choice." When seats are 
limited in a school, the plan gives 
preference to applicants who have a 
brother or sister in the same school, to 
those who can walk to the school, and to 
those who are changing from a bilingual 



or special education program to a regular 
education class in the same school. 

How will you decide which 
school Is best for your child? 

This Guide is a good place to start: Ic 
will answer many of your questions and 
introduce you to each of our schools. 

Our five Parent Information Centers can 
really help, too. Staff can explain what 
each school offers, what your options are, 



and how to apply. They also have 
information on: 

• Waiting lists and transfers, if you want 
to change schools 

• Bilingual and special education services 

• Programs for high achievers 

• Before and after school programs 

• Summer programs 

• Parent education 

• Community resources 

• ...and much more! 



BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS 




BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS 



Our Parent Centers are listed on the back 
cover. Call or drop by. 

We also encourage you to visit our 
schools and talk to relatives, friends and 
neighbors whose children attend schools 
you are considering. All schools are open 
to visitors during regular school hours. If 
you want to visit classrooms and speak to 
the principal and staff, we recommend 
calling ahead for an appointment. 

Ask the principal and teachers about: 

• The school s philosophy and expecta- 
tions for every student 

• Student achievement, measured by test 
scores and performance on projects 
and written assignments 

• Variety of classes and programs 

• Teaching styles to match your child's 
learning style 

• Experience of the principal and 
teachers 

• School hours and availability of before 
and after school programs 

• Size, location, and condition of the 
building and school yard. 



Signing Up for 
School 

Under Boston's student assignment plan, 
the city is divided into three geographic 
"zones" — East, West, and North — for 
elementary and middle schools. Parents 
may choose and apply for schools in the 
zone in which they live. There are also 



several citywide schools open to all 
students: the Hernandez (Kindergarten- 
Grade 8), the King (Grades 6-8), the 
Timilty (Grades 6-8), and Young 
Achievers Science & Mathematics 
(Kindergarten-Grade 2, adding Grade 3 
in Sept. 1996). All high schools are 
citywide. 

The application form lists all the schools 
you may choose. You may choose as 
many schools as you wish. Be sure to 
number your choices in order of your 
preference. 

If your child is new to the Boston Public 
Schools (BPS), you will receive a notice 
of your child's assignment by mail. 
Children who go to a Boston public 
school now will receive their notice of 
assignment from the school. 

You do need to apply for 
school if... 

• Your child will go to Kindergarten, 
Grade 1, Grade 6, or Grade 9 — the 
"transition grades" — in September 
1 996. [There are a few exceptions: 
students ehrolled in the S. Green- 
wood, Hernandez, McKay (except 
bilingual classes), Tobin (except 
bilingual classes), and exam schools 
may stay through the school's highest 
grade.] 

• Your child is in Kindergarten-Grade 8 
and you move to a different zone 

• Your child is in a special program and 
must go to a different school for a new 
program 

• You want to transfer your child to 
another school 

• Your child doesn't go to the Boston 
Public Schools now. 



You don't need to apply for 
school if... 

• Your child goes to the Boston Public 
Schools and will be in Grades 2, 3, 4, 
5, 7, 8, 10, II, or 72 next year. Your 
child will automatically be assigned to 
his or her current school. 

• Your child has a permanent Kindergar- 
ten I or Kindergarten II assignment 
(guaranteeing assignment through the 
school's highest grade). But you must 
reapply if you want to choose Ex- 
tended Day KII. 

Where to get an application 

Current BPS students will get their 
applications from their school. 

Parents of new-to-Boston students must 
visit one of our Parent Information 
Centers. See the back page for a list of 
our Centers. 

What to bring when you apply 

You will need to bring: 

• Two preprinted proofs of address, such 
as a utility bill, bank statement, or 
Housing Authority lease. The BPS 
doesn't accept personal mail or rent 
receipts. If you don't have proofs of 
your address, tell the Parent Informa- 
tion Center staff An attendance 
supervisor may be able to visit your 
home to verify your address. 

• A birth certificate, baptismal record or 
passport for children registering for 
Kindergarten or Grade 1 . 

• Up-to-date immunization records and 
results of a recent tuberculosis test. 



CHOOSE US! 



GENERAL INFORMATION 



Your child must be immunized! 

Before registering for school, according 
to state law, your child must be fully 
immunized. You must submit proof of 
up-to-date immunizations and a record 
of a recent tuberculosis test when you 
register. If you need a copy of the 
immunization record or have questions, 
contact your doctor or health center. If 
you don't have a doctor or health center, 
call Boston City Hospital, 534-5946: 
they have a free clinic, by appointment 
only. If you have not had your child 
immunized for health reasons or religious 
beliefs, bring a signed statement to that 
effect when you register for school. 

When to apply 

■ First Application Period: 

January 2-January 3 1 

for students who will be in Kinder- 
garten and Grades 1, 6, and 9 next 
year. 

■ Late Applications: 

February 1 -March 15 

for students who will be in Kinder- 
garten and Grades 1 , 6, and 9 next 
year. 

■ Ik^nsfers and New Registrations: 

February 12-March 15 

for students who will be in Grades 2, 

3,4, 5,7,8, 10, 11, or 12 next year 

who (1) want to change schools, or 

(2) are new to the Boston Public 

Schools 

Want a better chance of getting 
your "first choice" school? 

• Apply by your first deadline — January 
31 for the transition grades, and 
March 1 5 for all other grades. You are 



much more likely to get one of your 
choices if you apply any time within 
your first application period. Assign- 
ments are not given on a "first come/ 
first choice" basis. 

What if you miss the January 31 
deadline and the March 15 deadline? 
You may go to a Parent Information 
Center any time during the year to 
register for school or to request a 
transfer, but your choices will be more 
and more limited the longer you wait. 
Many popular schools are full after the 
first period. 

• Make at least two choices. If you make 
only one choice for Grades 1-12, your 
application may not be processed until 
later. You may list as many choices as 
you want. If you are applying for 
Kindergarten, you only have to make 
one choice — but we recommend you 
choose at least rwo schools. 



HELPFUL HINTS 



• Keep your copy of the school 
application form or transfer request in 
a safe place. 

• Ask the name of everyone who helps 
or advises you and note the day you 
talked with them. 

How does the BPS assign 
students? 

Assignments are made by computer. The 
computer knows how many seats are 
available in each grade in each school, 
and what the racial guidelines are for 
filling those seats. Racial guidelines are 
set by zone, with some flexibility. The 
computer tries to assign each student to 
his or her first choice school. 



Sometimes a school doesn't have room 
for every student who lists it as the first 
choice. When this happens, the com- 
puter assigns some students ahead of 
others based on certain "preferences": 

B Sibling Preference. If you would like 
your children to go to the same school, 
ask the Parent Information Center staff 
how to apply for "sibling preference." If 
seats are available, siblings are assigned 
regardless of racial guidelines. But 
sometimes a school doesn't have room for 
all the siblings who request it; so we can't 
guarantee sibling assignments. 
IMPORTANT: Be sure to ask for sibling 
preference the first time you apply! 

■ Walk Zone Preference. Within racial 
guidelines, students who choose a school 
identified as a "walk zone school" usually 
will be assigned before students who 
choose the same school without a walk 
zone designation. 

The computer also gives each application 
a "random number." How is it used? 
Imagine that each application has a 
"weight": for example, an application 
with sibling preference "weighs" more 
than one with walk zone preference; one 
with sibling /jWwalk zone preference 
"weighs" more than one with only sibling 
preference. When two applications 
"weigh" the same and the school only has 
one seat, the computer assigns the 
student by random number. 

If you don't get your first choice 
school... 

The computer will try to assign your 
child to one of the other choices you 
listed. 



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BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS 



■ Waiting Lists. Students who get their 
second choice go on the waiting Ust for 
their first choice. If they don't get their 
first or second choice, they go on waiting 
lists for both. Students who don't get any 
of their choices go on waiting lists for up 
to three choices. Kindergarten students 
go on waiting lists for up to two schools 
and may be on lists for both half day and 
full day programs in the same school. 
Your child's place on the waiting list is 
based on race, preferences (such as 
sibling or walk zone), the date you 
applied, and random number. 

You can find out your child's place on a 
school's waiting list by calling any Parent 
Information Center at the end of each 
application period. In August and 
September, you can also call the School 
Hotline, 635-9046. All waiting lists expire 
at the end of January, 1997. 

B Administrative Assignments. State 
law says each child must attend school 
beginning in September of the calendar 
year in which the child turns six years 
old. If you don't receive one of your 
school choices, or if you don't return an 
application for a student age six and over 
starting a "transition grade" (Kindergar- 
ten and Grades 1, 6 and 9), we will 
assign the child to the school closest to 
home that has a seat, following racial 
guidelines. 

Failure to send a child to school could result 
in legal action against the parent. [Dept. of 
Education Regulation 603 CMR 8.02(1)] 



If your child will be under age six 
through December 31, 1996, we will 
not assign your child to a school you did 
not choose. 

Transfers 

If you want to change schools, you can 
apply for a transfer during the "transfer" 
period, February 12-March 15. Transfer 
requests received afier March 15 will be 
processed until the end of September. 
Requests received after that time will be 
processed in two batches: in early 
November and at the end of January. We 
can't guarantee your transfer request will be 
approved. 

Students in Grades 1-12 may transfer to 
another school once^ci school year. 

If you move... 

• Give the school principal your new 
address as soon as possible. 

• Bring two proofs of your new address 
to your child's school, any Parent 
Information Center, or the School 
Information Center in downtown 
Boston, 26 Court St., 4th floor. 

If you become homeless... 

If your family moves into a temporary 
living arrangement, such as a shelter or 
with friends or family members, your 
child has a right to stay at the last school 
attended through the end of the school 
year or to enroll in a school within the 
new zone, town or city where you live 
temporarily. However, we may not be 
able to provide transportation in all 
situations. For more help, call the 
Student Assignment Unit, 635-9516. 



Expulsion 

Students who have been expelled from 
other school systems may not enroll in 
the Boston Public Schools. If the BPS 
finds out that a student has been expelled 
from his or her previous school, that 
student will be expelled immediately. 



Transportation 

About one-third of our students walk to 
school, and the rest get transportation by 
school bus or MBTA. Who is eligible for 
transportation? 

• Students who live a mile or more from 
their kindergarten and elementary 
school 

• Students who live 11/2 miles or more 
from their middle school 

• Students who live two miles or more 
from their high school. 

Most students who take a school bus are 
picked up and dropped off at a corner 
near their home. Eligible high school 
students get aT pass or a combination of 
T pass and yellow bus service. Children 
with special needs receive door-to-door 
service or regular transportation, as 
required in their Individualized Educa- 
tion Plan (lEP). 

When your child is assigned to school, 
we will tell you if your child is eligible for 
transportation. In mid-August, we will 
mail you information about your child's 
bus stop, bus number, and schedule. 

Alternative Transportation 

You can request "alternative transporta- 
tion" to or from a bus stop other than 



CHOOSE US! 



GENERAL INFORMATION 



home (such as a baby-sitter's house or 
after school program). But there are 
restrictions: the stop you request must be 
on an existing bus route to or from the 
school, and there must be room on the 
bus. Walkers are also eligible for this 
service. For a Fact Sheet and application 
for alternative transportation, call any 
Parent Information Center or the school 
principal. We send the Fact Sheet to 
parents of all currently enrolled students 
in May. 

If you return a complete application for 
alternative transportation by the end of 
the school year, and if the stop is 
approved, your child's alternative stop 
will be active by the first day of school. If 
you wait until the start of the school year, 
your request may take several weeks. 
Please remember, we can't guarantee that 
your child will get the alternative stop you 
request. 



HELPFUL HINTS 



• If you think your child's bus stop is too 
far from home or is dangerous, you 
may be able to change it. But remem- 
ber, bus stops can be several blocks 
from home. 

• If we say your child lives within the 
school's "walk zone" and you disagree, 
you can ask us to measure the distance 
from your house to the school. 

• We cannot provide door-to-door 
transportation for children whose 
parent or guardian is disabled — but we 
may be able to assign a corner stop 
closer to home. Some students with 
medical or physical conditions which 
prevent them from walking to a nearby 
corner stop may receive door-to-door 
service if they submit a letter from the 



doctor. Ask the principal for help. 
During the summer, call our Medical 
Services Office, 635-9684. 

• If you move, tell the principal or go to 
a Parent Information Center immedi- 
ately. We can't change your bus stop 
until we know your new address. Also, 
a move could mean your child will 
have to change schools. 

Transportation Services 

• East Zone 635-8018 

• North Zone 635-8342 

• West Zone 635-8028 

• High Schools (citywide) ... 635-8892 

• Central Office 635-9520 



Boston Public 
Schools Programs 

Kindergarten 

The Boston Public Schools have two* 
Kindergarten grades: 

■ Kindergarten I — or "KI" — for 
children who turn 4 years old before 
September 1, 1996 

■ Kindergarten II — or "KII" — for 
children who turn 5 years old before 
September 1, 1996 

We're sorry, but we can't make exceptions 
to these age guidelines. 

We offer both half day and full day — or 
"Extended Day" — programs for KI and 
KII. Almost all our KI classes are half 
day: students go to school in either the 
morning or the afternoon, for two and a 
half hours. Extended Day Kindergarten 
is as long as a regular school day, six 
hours. 



In 1996-97, we will open 50 new full day 
KII classes and reduce the number of half 
day KI seats. Every elementary school will 
have at least one full day KII. To find out 
what Kindergarten programs are available 
in each school, call any Parent Informa- 
tion Center. 

Each zone has an Early Learning Center 
(ELC) which offers full day Kindergarten 
and Grade 1 , plus before and after school 
care, all free. Seats are limited for the 
ELCs, and waiting lists are long. 

* There is also a very small Kindergarten 
— or "KO" — program for children who 
turn 3 before September 1 , 1 996: but if 
you need a program for your three-year- 
old, we strongly urge you to check out 
Head Start and other preschocj options. 

Bilingual Education 

For students whose first language is not 
English, we offer bilingual classes in 10 
languages. Students are taught in their 
native language while they are learning 
English. When they become proficient in 
English, students take classes taught in 
English with other students. 

If you think your child needs a bilingual 
class, you have several options. Your first 
step is to visit or call the Multilingual 
Parent Center, 635-8125, at 25 Walk 
Hill St. (near the Forest Hill MBTA 
station). Hours: 8:30 A.M. -5 PM., 
Mon.-Fri. on school days; 9 A.M. -3 P.M. 
during the summer and school vacations. 
[For testing, please arrive at least one 
hour before closing.] The staff there can 
explain how your child can be tested, 
what programs are available, and how to 
choose a school. And they can help in 
many languages. 



K!i4T6N PUBLIC SCHOOLS 




BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS 



Services for Children with 
Special Needs 

Children learn in different ways, and we 
have services to help students with 
learning difficulties, ranging from extra 
support (such as Title I reading and 
math) to programs designed for particu- 
lar learning styles and abilities. Many 
schools are using "inclusionary" practices: 
All children receive the services provided 
in their Individualized Education Plan 
(lEP) in the regular classroom. 

If you think your child may have a 
special need, contact your Parent 
Information Center listed on the back 
cover. Staff can direct you to the special 
needs coordinator for your zone. If your 
child is in the Boston Public Schools 
now, contact the principal. 

Advanced Work Class (AWC) 

This program for eligible children in 
Grades 4, 5, and 6 offers academic 
enrichment, slightly smaller classes, and 
"looping" (staying with the same teacher 
for Grades 4 and 5). Eligibility is based 
on results of a standardized test, racial 
guidelines, and capacity. There are several 
AWC programs in each zone. If your 
child is eligible for AWC for Grade 4 or 
5, we will send you a mailer listing your 
AWC choices. Eligible 6th graders will 
see their choices listed on the application 
form. For more information, call any 
Parent Information Center. 



High Schools 

Our high schools each offer classes in the 
basic subjects (language arts, math, 
science and social studies), plus special 
classes and programs — during and after 
school — that make each school unique. 
You'll find work-study, health careers, 
banking and finance, travel and tourism, 
agriculture, and other specialties. We also 
have programs for older students who 
want to return for their diploma, at-risk 
students, students who want to go to 
school at night, students who are parents, 
and students who want to sample the 
college experience while still in high 
school. 

Technical/Vocational Education 

We offer comprehensive instruction in 
technical and vocational education in 
two high schools. Madison Park Techni- 
cal Vocational High School houses 27 
vocational programs within its three 
career academies. West Roxbury High 
School has two programs. Most of these 
vocational programs are approved by the 
State under Chapter 74. 

Technical/vocational education provides 
an opportunity for students to learn a 
skill, develop an academic foundation for 
continued post-secondary study, and 
build a career while they earn a high 
school diploma. Madison Park and West 
Roxbury offer comprehensive academic 
instruction, along with bilingual and 
special education programs. Special job 
placement services are provided to 
graduating seniors who want to work. 
For 9th graders, Madison Park has a full- 
year exploratory program that allows 
students to assess their vocational 



interests and aptitudes and to gain 
exposure to the wide array of vocational 
programs in the Boston Public Schools. 
In addition to its vocational programs, 
Madison Park also houses the Roland 
Hayes Division of Music, where students 
can concentrate on vocal or instrumental 
music. 

The Examination Schools 

The three "examination schools" for 
Grades 7-12 currently admit students 
based on results of the Independent 
School Entrance Exam (ISEE), grade 
point average, capacity and racial 
guidelines. They are: Boston Latin 
Academy in Roxbury, Boston Latin 
School in the Longwood hospital area, 
and O'Bryant School of Mathematics & 
Science in the Madison Park complex, 
Roxbury Crossing. All three schools 
accept new students for Grades 7 and 9. 
O'Bryant also accepts new students for 
Grade 10. 

Test registration materials are available in 
late August in all our middle schools and 
high schools. For information, call your 
child's school or the High School Parent 
Information Center, 635-8890. 



More About Our 
Schools 

Parent Involvement 

Every school has a School Parent 
Council — an "SPC" — responsible for 
reviewing the budget, recommending 
programs, and evaluating the principal. 



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Parents also may be elected as members 
of their School Site Council, which 
includes the principal, teachers and (in 
high schools) students. Now active in 
every school, these councils work 
together on programs and planning, for 
now and for the future — an idea we call 
"School-Based Management Manage- 
ment/Shared Decision-Making." 

Building improvements 

In the last five years, Boston's schools 
have had $200 million in improve- 
ments — and a new 1 0-year plan, now in 
the works, calls for more renovations and 
even new school buildings. Many schools 
are now bright, warm, safe and attractive 
places for students and staff 

Attendance Policy 

If a student doesn't report to school for 
the first five days of the school year, or 
five days after being assigned to school, 
we will call and write to the parent or 
guardian to find out why the student 
hasn't come to school. If after another ten 
days the student still hasn't reported to 
school or the parent hasn't notified the 
school of a health problem, the student 
will lose his or her assignment at that 
school, and we will notify the truant 
officer. 

Children who are absent more than 
1 5% of the school year will not be 
promoted to the next grade — so be sure 
your child goes to school every day unless 
he or she is ill. Good attendance is one of 
the most important ingredients for 
school success. I 



Resources for Boston Public School Parents 

BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS 

Bilingual Department 635-9435 

Central Adult High School 635-9827 

Citywide Parents Council (CPC) 635-9210 

Master Parent Advisory Council (Bilingual) 635-9634 

Medical Services Department 635-9684 

Parent Information Centers See back cover 

Parent Outreach Office 635-9316 

School Hot Line (August and September) 635-9046 

Special Education Department 635-9700 

Special Needs Parent Advisory Council 635-9279 

Title I Parent Advisory Council 635-7750 

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS AND SERVICES 

Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) 357-6000 

GED, high school diploma program, jobs program 
Boston City Hospital Pediatric Clinic 

Immunizations (call for an appointment) 534-5946 

Boston Community Centers 635-4920 

Youth programs, adult education, recreation, 

after school programs, GED 

Boston Public Library/Copley Square Central Library 536-5400 ext. 334 

Child Care Choices of Boston/Parent Hotline 542-KIDS ext. 17 

Information on licensed day care centers and providers 
Citywide Educational Coalition (CWEC) 542-2835 

School information, parent newsletters 
EDCO Youth Alternative 262-9562 

High school diploma, work-study, GED, programs for young parents 
Federation for Children with Special Needs 482-2915 

Advocacy, information and training 
Head Start 357-6000 ext. 13 

Preschools for low income families 
Higher Education Information Center 536-0200 

Free information on higher education, financial aid, careers 
Latino Parents Association 983-5529 

Support for Latino families 
Parents United for Child Care 426-8288 

Information on before and after school progranris 
Raising Our Children's Children 534-4796 or 265-81 28 

Support for grandparents raising their grandchildren 



BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS 




GENERAL INFORMATION 



1 996-97 

School 
Hours 

Hours listed here are subject 
to minor changes of 5-10 
minutes. Many schools will 
have new hours in 1996-97: 
* Hours given below for 
these schools are 50-60 
minutes earlier or later 
than the 1995-96 hours. 



HIGH SCHOOLS 

Boston HS (AM). 7:30-1 2:00 
Boston HS(PM). 12:00-4:30 
Boston Latin 

Academy 7:35-1:35 

Boston Latin 



School 


.7:55-1 


55 


Brighton HS 


. 7:40-1 


40 


Burke HS 


. 7:40-1 
. 7:35-1 


40 
35 


Charlestown HS .. 


Dorchester HS 


. 7:40-1 


40 


East Boston HS... 


. 7:40-1 


40 


English HS 


. 7:30-1 


30 


Hyde Park HS 


. 7:40-1 


40 


Madison Park 




Voc Tech HS 


. 7:45-1 :45 


O'Bryant HS 


.7:35-1 


35 


Snowden HS 


. 7:40-1 


40 


South Boston HS 


. 7:40-1 


40 


West Roxbury HS 


.7:35-1 


35 



EAST ZONE 

Elementary Schools 

Channing* 9:15-3:05 

Chittick* 9:20-3:10 

Clap* 8:30-2:20 

Condon* 9:20-3:10 

Dover* 8:30-2:20 

Early Learning Center/East: 

Surround Care 7:30-6:00 

Special Needs* .... 9:20-3:10 

Endicott* 8:30-2:20 

Everett* 8:30-2:20 

Fifield* 8:30-2:20 

E. Greenwood* 8:30-2:20 

S. Greenwood 8:30-2:20 

Grew 9:20-3:10 

Holland 9:20-3:10 

Holmes* 8:30-2:20 

Kenny* 8:30-2:20 

Lee 8:30-2:20 

Marshall 8:30-2:20 

Mather* 8:30-2:20 

Mattahunt* 9:20-3:10 

Murphy* 9:20-3:10 

O'Hearn 9:15-3:05 

Perkins* 8:30-2:20 

Perry* 8:30-2:20 

Roosevelt* 9:20-3:10 

Russell* 9:20-3:10 

R A. Shaw* 8:30-2:20 

Stone* 8:30-2:20 

Taylor 9:15-3:05 

Tynan* 9:20-3:10 



Middle Schools 

Cleveland 7:35-1 

Gavin 7:30-1 

Lewenberg 7:35-1 

McCormack 7:35-1 

Rogers 7:35-1 

Thompson 7:35-1 

Wilson 7:30-1 



35 
30 
35 
35 
35 
35 
30 



NORTH ZONE 

Elementary Schools 

Adams 8:30-2:20 

Alighieri* 8:25-2:15 

Baldwin* 8:30-2:20 

Blackstone* 9:20-3:10 

Bradley 8:25-2:15 

Early Learning Center/North: 

Surround Care 7:35-6:00 

Special Needs* .... 9:20-3:10 

Eliot* 8:30-2:20 

Emerson 8:25-2:15 

Farragut* 8:30-2:20 

Gardner* 9:20-3:10 

Garfield* 8:30-2:20 

Guild 9:20-3:10 

Hamilton 9:15-3:05 

Harvard/Kent* 8:30-2:20 

Hurley* 9:25-3:15 

Jackson/Mann 7:35-1 :25 

P.J.Kennedy* 8:30-2:20 

Lyon 9:20-3:10 

Lyon Surround 

Care 7:15-5:00 

Mason* 9:20-3:10 

McKay* 9:15-3:05 

O'Donnell* 8:35-2:25 

Otis* 9:25-3:15 

Quincy* 8:25-2:15 

Tobin(K-8) 8:35-2:25 

Warren/Prescott* .. 9:20-3:10 

Winship* 8:30-2:20 

Winthrop 9:20-3:10 

Middle Schools 

Dearborn: 

Mon.-Thurs 7:30-3:10 

Friday 7:30-12:45 

Special Needs 7:30-1 :30 

Edison 7:35-1:35 

Edwards 7:35-1:35 

Taft... 7:35-1:35 

Umana/Barnes 7:35-1 :35 



WEST ZONE 

Elementary Schools 

Agassiz* 9:20-3:10 

Bates* 8:30-2:20 

Beethoven 8:35-2:25 

Conley* 9:15-3:05 

J. Curley 9:20-3:10 

Dickerman* 8:30-2:20 

Early Learning Center/West: 

Surround Care 7:30-6:00 

Special Needs* .... 9:20-3:10 

Ellis 8:30-2:20 

Fuller* 8:25-2:15 

Hale 9:20-3:10 

Haley* 9:20-3:10 

Hennigan* 9:20-3:10 

Higginson* 8:30-2:20 

J. R Kennedy* 9:20-3:10 

Kilmer* 8:30-2:20 

Lyndon 8:30-2:20 

Manning* 8:30-2:20 

Mendell* 8:35-2:25 

Mozart* 9:20-3:10 

Ohrenberger* 9:25-3:15 

Philbrick* 8:25-2:15 

Sumner* 8:30-2:20 

Trotter 9:20-3:10 

Middle Schools 

M. Curley 7:35-1:35 

Irving 7:35-1:35 

Lewis 7:35-1:35 

R. G.Shaw 7:35-1:35 

Timilty Special Needs: 

Mon.-Thurs 7:35-1 :35 

Friday 7:35-12:45 

Wheatley 9:15-3:15 

CITYWiDE SCHOOLS 

Hernandez (K-8)* . 9:20-3:10 

King (6-8) 7:35-1:35 

Timilty (6-8) 7:35-3:05 

Friday 7:35-12:45 

Young Achievers (K-3): 

Mon.-Thurs 7:30-5:30 

Friday 7:30-3:30 

Saturday 10:00-1:00 



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Citywide 
Elementary 
and Middle 
Schools 



These four schools are open to students in 
all Boston neighborhoods. 

Hernandez Dementary & Middle 
School 

61 School Street, Roxbury 
Margarita M. Muiiiz, Principal 
©635-8187 

The Hernandez School. . . 

• is a Kindergarten-Grade 8 school, 
with 400 students 

• is Boston's only two-way bilingual 
school: all students learn the Boston 
Public Schools curriculum in 
English and Spanish 

• has as its aim to create a rich 
multicultural environment in which 
students develop oral fluency and 
literacy in both languages 

• works with the American Student 
Assistance Corp., The Boston 
Company/Mellon Bank, and 
Bentley College 

• has programs with the Community 
Music Center, the Children's 
Museum, Partners in Prevention, 
UMass-Boston, Young Negotiators, 
Magic Me, and Head Start 

• is a member of Arts Partners 
Consortium 

• has TEAMS satellite courses and 
WICAT computers 

• is a demonstration site for Family, 



Friends and Community, a 
schoolwide anti-violence program 

• has Expeditionary Learning 
Outward Bound, a schoolwide 
program that teaches all subjects 
around common themes, using 
Outward Bound principles and 
"hands-on" learning. 

M. L. King Jr. Middle School 

77 Lawrence Avenue, Dorchester 
James L. Buckley, Principal 
©635-8212 

The King Middle School... 

• is in a residential neighborhood 
between Uphams Corner and 
Franklin Park 

• has 475 students in Grades 6-8 

• is a school where students put their 
best effort into their work 

• is a school where discipline is 
instructive rather than punitive 

• is a school where teaching — through 
experience — becomes more and 
more effective and satisfying 

• is a school where love and respect 
bind the community into a 
purposeful unit 

• follows the Max Warburg 
Curriculum, a three-year language 
arts curriculum with a different 
theme each year: courage, 
perseverance, and loyalty 

• has Advanced Work Class for 
eligible students in Grade 6 

• works with many agencies: Boston 
Youth Development Project, 
Roxbury MultiService Center, and 
others 

• has mentor projects with Shawmut 
Bank, Coopers & Lybrand, 
Concerned Black Women, and 
Harvard Business School 

• has after school tutoring and sports 

• is part of The Algebra Project, using 



innovative methods to teach and 
tutor math 

• participates in Outward Bound, 
Teen Connection, and many other 
programs 

• sponsors a Martin Luther King Jr. 
Dance Troupe, cheerleaders, and a 
double dutch team. 

Timilty Middle School 

205 Roxbury Street, Roxbury 
Roger F. Harris, Principal 
©635-8109 

The Timilty Middle School . . 

• is located in historic Eliot Square, 
near Roxbury Crossing, next to 
Roxbury Heritage State Park 

• has 550 students in Grades 6-8 

• offers Project Promise, an innovative 
approach to learning that includes a 
longer school day 

• has won the National Award for 
Excellence from the U.S. 
Department of Education 

• has Advanced Work Class for 
eligible students in Grade 6 

• won a 1995 School Improvement 
Award 

• infuses reading, writing, and math 
across all subjects 

• offers two periods of reading and 
math daily 

• provides small classes, with an 
average of 24 students for every 
teacher 

• offers lots of computer education, 
with a Macintosh LC II! lab and 
library electronic media 

• has a very active science partnership 
with Massachusetts General Hospital 

• schedules two specialty classes a day: 
gym, health, woodworking, home 
economics, music, critical thinking, 
Spanish, or art 

• offers special, hour-long activities on 



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Fridays: Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 
chorus, and drill team 

• has an active Family Center 

• is a violence-free school. 

Young Achieveps Science & 
Mathematics Bementary Sclraol 

90 Smith Street, Roxbury 
Dawn Lewis, Principal 
® 635-6805 

The Young Achievers Science & 
Mathematics School. . . 

• is located in a quiet neighborhood 
on the grounds of Mission Grammar 
School 

• has 160 children in Kindergarten- 
Grade 2, with plans to add Grade 3 
in September 1996 and then one 
grade per year through Grade 8 

• is a "pilot school," free of many 
Boston Public Schools and Boston 
Teachers Union rules 

• is open from 7:30 A.M. to 5:30 
P.M., Monday through Thursday, 
and 7:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. on 
Friday; and offers a Saturday 
Academy v^^ith parent workshops, 
tutoring, and enrichment programs 

• offers Kindergarten Everyday 
Mathematics to help build 
arithmetic and problem-solving 
skills, and to develop flexibility 

• has small classes 

• features "hands-on," cooperative 
learning, and team teaching, 
following Montessori principles 
based on understanding how 
children learn 

• emphasizes strong writing, reading, 
science, and math skills in all grades. 



using Plato, a computer-based skill 
competency program 

• promotes strong parent involvement, 
with support teams, resources, 
training, and workshops 

• offers mentoring programs, and will 
support V'oung Achievers graduates 
through two years of college and in 
the high tech work force 

• is partners with the Tallulah Morgan 
Educational Foundation, MassPEP 
Pre-Engineering Program, and 
WEATOC/ We're Education with A 
Touch Of Class. ■ 



East Zone 

Elementary 

Schools 



Cfianning Bementary Scliool 

35 Sunnyside Street, Hyde Park 
Deborah D. Dancy, Principal 

® 635-8722 

The Channing School. . . 

is on a quiet street, near Cleary 
Square 

has 450 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

uses the Writing-to-Read Program 
to teach reading 
has many guest speakers and 
performances 

has Advanced Work Class for 
eligible students in Grades 4-5 
has many extras, including a 
Talented & Gifted Program, foreign 
language, music, art, computer 
technology, and field trips 



• uses innovative ways of teaching 
math and science, and is part of 
PALMS/Partnerships Advancing the 
Learning of Math & Science 

• has violence prevention and 
counseling programs 

• has a parent center and parent 
newsletter 

• has just been renovated, with a new 
roof, lights, paint, windows, and 
doors. 

Ciilttlcli Bementary School 

1 54 Ruskindale Road, Mattapan 
"William Abbott, Principal 
® 635-8652 



The Chittick School. . . 
is in a safe, residential 
neighborhood, near Wood Avenue 
has 405 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

has an active, involved parent 
organization 

has a Family Center that provides 
support for the school community 
supports a strong academic program, 
with French, physical education, 
music and computer specialists 
is well supplied with books and 
educational materials 
offers a variety of programs to meet 
the needs of our students 
is an excellent facility, recently 
modernized. 

Ciap Bementary Schooi 

35 Harvest Street, Dorchester 
Angelo Giacalone, Principal 
® 635-8672 

The Clap School. . . 

• is located in a quiet neighborhood, 
near Andrew Square 

• has 250 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 



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is a small school, which promotes 

the safety and security of all students 

focuses on the basics: reading, 

writing, and math 

has a Student of the Month program 

and monthly Birthday Celebrations 

uses computers for newspapers, 

books, and story telling 

has an "adventure-based" physical 

education program 

has an active School Site Council 

and School Parent Council 

has many programs for children with 

special needs and for cultural 

enrichment, including the Boston 

Ballet 

offers the Inspector Bart Theatre 

Arts Program with lots of 

"mysterious" activities, including the 

Mystery Reading Club 



East Zone Schools 



• has a business partnership and 
mentoring program with Arnold & 
Fortuna Advertising Co. 

Condon Bementary School 

200 D Street, South Boston 
Daniel Walsh, Principal 
® 635-8608 

The Condon School. . . 

• is in-the heart of South Boston, near 
miles of beaches and boardwalks 

• has over 900 students in Early 
Childhood and Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• has two state-of-the-art computer 
labs 

• offers a Cape Verdean bilingual 
program and schoolwide Title I, plus 
Advanced Work Class for eligible 



students in Grades 4-5 

runs after school programs 

has a newly renovated playground 

and offers swimming in our 

Olympic-sized pool 

collaborates with UMass-Boston, 

Boston University, and Curry and 

Wheelock colleges 

is partners with the TERI 

Corporation, which has given us a 

first grade mini-computer lab and 

encourages employees to volunteer 

to read aloud to students 

has an active School Site Council 

and School Parent Council 

won a 1995 School Improvement 

Award 

works with a City Year team. 




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Devep Bementary School 

325 Mt. Vernon Street, Dorchester 
Nydia Mendez, Principal 
(D 635-8694 

The Dever School. . . 

• is a large school, in Harbor Point, 
near the Kennedy Library and 
UMass-Boston 

• has 560 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• offers Spanish bilingual classes, a 
multi-grade LAB cluster, and more 

• has an after school program 

• offers the Compass Program for 
academic, social, and artistic growth; 
and a program with City Year for 
physical and social development 

• is "high tech," with three computer 
labs for reading, writing, and 
computer skills, classroom projects 
connecting children around the 
world, and more being planned 

• is a PALMS (national math and 
science program) school and is 
developing math & science projects 
to take advantage of our unique 
seaside location. 

Early Learning Center/East 

370 Columbia Road, Dorchester 
Myrtle David, Program Director 
® 635-8604 

The East Zone Early Learning Center. . . 

• is a modern school, between 
Franklin Park and Uphams Corner 

• has 190 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 1 

• is an all-day school for all students, 
from 8:30 A.M. to 2:20 P.M. 

• also offers free before and after 



school care: students can come as 
early as 7:15 A.M. and stay as late as 
5:45 P.M. 

• uses Whole Language and phonics 
to teach reading and has all children 
in a daily writing program 

• has an IBM computer lab 

• won a 1995 School Improvement 
Award 

• teaches math using "hands-on ' 
materials and science through 
experiments 

• has a state-of-the-art playground 
built by parents and teachers. 

Endicott Elementary School 

2 McLellan Street, Dorchester 
Robert Holland, Principal 
® 635-8648 

The Endicott School. . . 

• is on Blue Hill Avenue, near 
Franklin Park 

• has 210 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• emphasizes basic skills in a family- 
like setting 

• is partners with: the Franklin Park 
Zoo; Hill, Holliday; and Houghton 
Mifflin 

• believes all children are special 

• believes that parents are an integral 
part of the educational process 

• is committed to multicultural 
education 

• has a committed, dedicated staff 

• has been recently renovated. 

Everett Elementary School 

71 Pleasant Street, Dorchester 
Kathleen Flannery, Principal 
® 635-8779 

The Everett School. . . 

• is near the corner of Dorchester Ave. 
and Savin Hill Ave., within walking 
distance of the Uphams Corner 



Library 

• has 375 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• provides a culturally diverse 
environment 

• offers many reading programs and 
incentives, including: Reading 
Recovery, Reader-of-the-Month, 
Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), and 
a book fair 

• has many extras: full-time computer, 
science, and art teachers; performing 
arts (including a program with 
Boston Ballet City Dance); and 
more 

• won a 1995 School Improvement 
Award 

• involves parents with a weekly 
newsletter, monthly coffee hours, 
fund-raisers, and school volunteers 

• has on-site counseling with Little 
House 

• has voluntary school uniforms and 
an attendance incentive program 

• is newly renovated and handicap 
accessible, with an auditorium and 
play yard. 

HIield Bementary School 

25 Dunbar Avenue, Dorchester 
Cassandra Merrilles, Principal 

(on leave of absence 1995-96) 
Craig Langhorst, 
Acting Principal 1995-96 
©635-8618 

The Fifteld School. . . 

• is located in a quiet neighborhood, 
four blocks from Codman Square off 
Washington St. 

• has over 300 students in 
Kindergarten-Grade 5 

• offers a before and after school 
program run by the Dorchester 
YMCA 

• is a Full Inclusion Model School: all 
children learn together to reach their 



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full potential, with extra help to 
meet individual needs 

• uses computer-assisted instruction in 
all grades 

• works with the Paul Robeson 
Institute, Mary MacLeod Bethune 
Institute, Junior Achievement, 
Boston Partners in Education, Kit 
Clark Intergenerational Program, 
Codman Square Merchants 
Association, and the Future Teachers 
of America program 

• offers instrumental music lessons, 
choir, and sports 

• has voluntary school uniforms and 
honors a Student of the Month 

• has two annual book fairs and a field 
day. 

Bihu Greenwood Elementary School 

612 Metropolitan Avenue, 
Hyde Park 

Marjorie Powell, Principal 
® 635-8665 

The Elihu Greenwood School. . . 

• is located in a quiet, safe, residential 
area 

• has 500 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• has an IBM reading lab 

• fosters parent participation in school 
planning activities 

• provides school-based counseling 
services through affiliation with 
Dimock Community Health Center 
and Boston Community Services 

• has a student-run store and recycle 
center 

• offers enrichment activities, 
including Boston Music Education 
Collaborative (Grades 1-3), Boston 
Ballet City Dance, Partners in 
Prevention, and YMCA Adopt-a- 
Fifth Grade Program 

• collaborates with Hyde Park YMCA 
and Boston Partners in Education 



• holds monthly student recognition 
assemblies. 

Sarah Greenwood Bementary 8^ 
Middle School 

189 Glenway Street, Dorchester 
Isabel Mendez, Principal 
® 635-8710 

The Sarah Greenwood School. . . 

• is in a residential neighborhood, 
near Franklin Park 

• has 450 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 8 

• offers "Estrellas," a chance for 
Spanish- and English-speaking 
students to learn together 

• uses technology in all subjects 

• has a Writing-to-Read computer lab 
and a new Writing-to-Write 
program 

• has a Macintosh computer lab where 
students create stories, publish the 
school newspaper, and develop 
graphics 

• has an IBM Teaching-and-Learning- 
Through-Computers lab for math 

• uses HOTS (Higher Order 
Thinking Skills) to teach thinking, 
reasoning, and problem solving 

• is part of TEAMS 
(Telecommunications Education for 
Advances in Math & Science), 
PALMS/Partnerships Advancing the 
Learning of Math & Science, and 
the Algebra Project 
is partners with the Community 
Music Center 

won a 1995 School Improvement 
Award 

follows the character curriculum, 
"Voices of Love and Freedom" 
uses cooperative and multicultural 
learning 

has a full-time social worker, a 
parent center, and a Student 
Support Team. 



Grew Bementary School 

40 Gordon Avenue, Hyde Park 
Clare Joyce, Principal 
©635-8715 

The Grew School. . . 

• is in a safe, residential 
neighborhood, just two blocks from 
Cleary Square 

• has 385 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• has Title I math and reading 

• teaches math through technology, 
and has Project PALMS for math 
and science 

• offers the HOTS program to teach 
thinking, reasoning, and problem- 
solving skills 

• has the Lonergan Institute "I Am A 
Good Person" program 

• has a student support team 

• has a program with senior citizens 

• works with Boston Partners in 
Education and Foster Grandparents 

• is a "Partners in Prevention" school 
with Faulkner Hospital 

• has a newly resurfaced playground. 

Hernandez Bementary & Middle 
School 

61 School Street, Roxbury 
Margarita M. Muniz, Principal 
©635-8187 

The Hernandez School is a citywide 
school, open to students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 8 from all Boston neighborhoods. 
Please see page 11. 

Holland Bementary School 

85 Olney Street, Dorchester 
Janet Williams, Principal 
© 635-8832 

The Holland School. . . 

• is a modern school, near Columbia 
Road 



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• has 850 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• is organized into six learning areas or 
"pods," each with a leader and team 
of teachers who work and plan 
together 

• also has several traditional 
classrooms 

• has two computer labs: IBM and 
Macintosh 

• has a parent center to encourage 
more participation in the school 

• works with Northeastern 
University's Paul Robeson Institute/ 
Mary MacLeod Bethune Institute 

• is a partner with Polaroid 
Corporation 

• has Reading Recovery and school- 
based therapy programs 

• has a boys' choir, boys' & girls' 
basketball teams, swim team (in our 
own swimming pool), and school 
store. 

Holmes Bementary School 

40 School Street, Dorchester 
Jacqueline Hogan, Principal 
® 635-8681 

The Holmes School. . . 

• is in a quiet, residential 
neighborhood, near Washington St. 
in Dorchester 

• is committed to the philosophy that 
ALL CHILDREN CAN LEARN 

• has 275 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5, with small classes 

• is a model school that fully includes 
special needs students in all classes 

• uses a curriculum that reflects the 
diversity of its students and how they 



approach learning 

• has computers in every classroom 

• offers Spanish, science, music, 
physical education, and art to all 
students 

• has an active School Site Council 
and School Parent Council 

• strongly believes that "It Takes A 
Whole Village to Raise a Child" and 
welcomes parent participation 

• has developed a schoolwide 
discipline program called 
"COLORS" 

• won a 1995 School Improvement 
Award 

• is partners with the Federal Reserve 
Bank, Bank of Boston/State 
Treasurer's Office, and Wheelock 
College 

• provides on-site counseling through 
Dorchester Counseling Center 

• offers a beautiful learning 
environment. 

Kenny Bementary School 

19 Oakton Avenue, Dorchester 
Thomas Deveney, Principal 
® 635-8789 

The Kenny School. . . 

• is located in a safe, quiet 
neighborhood, near Adams Street 

• has 450 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• won a 1995 School Improvement 
Award 

• has a computer lab. 

Lee Bementary School 

155 Talbot Avenue, Dorchester 
Maria Iglesias, Principal 
® 635-8687 

The Lee School. . . 

• is easy to get to, next to Franklin 
Field 



• has 700 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5, organized in five learning 
areas or "pods" 

• offers Reading Readiness for 
Kindergarten students and Reading 
Recovery for Grade 1 

• has an award-winning (200 awards!) 
art program and offers music classes, 
chorus, and performing arts 
programs 

• offers ACT, a program for 
academically talented students in 
Grades 1-3, and Advanced Work 
Class for eligible students in Grades 
4-5 

• works with the Arnold Arboretum 
for nature studies and science 

• has a partnership with City Year 

• pairs regular education and special 
needs students through the Peer 
Buddies program 

• offers support and enrichment 
services through Parents and 
Children Services, WEDIKO, 
UMass-Boston, Boston College, 
Milton Academy, Mass. College of 
Art, and others 

• has a before and after school 
program with the Anthony Perkins 
Community Center 

• is a modern school with a gym, pool 
(our students have swimming 
lessons!), library, theatre, and much 
more. 

Marshall Bementary School 

35 Westville Street, Dorchester 
Teresa Harvey-Jackson, Principal 
©635-8810 

The Marshall School. . . 

• is a modern school, near Fields 
Corner 

• has 960 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• uses a "family" grouping model: 



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children remain with the same 
"family" of teachers, students and 
staff from Kindergarten through 
Grade 5 

• has a two-way bilingual mini-school 
for Kindergarten-Grade 5: students 
learn English tf««/ Spanish 

• has three computer labs: Writing-to- 
Read, Macintosh, and Josten's IBM 

• houses the only school planetarium 
and greenhouse in the city 

• offers a rich curriculum, including 
music, art, drama, physical 
education, science, computers, 
swimming, and more 

• won a 1995 School Improvement 
Award 

• is paired with Boston College, whose 
students mentor our Grades 4 and 5 
students through Project 2000. 

• has an Eagle Grant through the 
Bank of Boston for a home/school 
literature program 

• has lots of activities for families: 
Fathers' Luncheon, Science Fair, 
Spaghetti Dinners, student/faculty 
basketball games, and more. 

Mather Elementary School 

One Parish Street, Dorchester 
Michael Kim Marshall, Principal 
® 635-8757 

The Mather School. . . 

• is atop historic Meeting House Hill 

• has 610 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• is the oldest public elementary 
school in America: 356 years old! 

• has state-of-the-art programs for 
beginning readers: Whole Language 
and Reading Recovery 

• won a 1995 School Improvement 
Award 

• uses the innovative University of 
Chicago Math Program in 



Kindergarten-Grade 5 

• has reorganized to create small 
classes of 17 in Grade 1 and 24 in 
Grades 2-5 

• has a talented, dedicated staff, with 
four Golden Apple Award winning 
teachers and a principal who won 
the first Boston Plan for Excellence 
Award 

• has a Macintosh LC-III lab, and an 
Apple lie computer in every 
classroom 

• publishes "The Learning Letter" 
weekly to help parents work with 
their children at home 

• is partners with The New England, 
Boston Children's Services, Omega 
Psi Phi, Dorchester House, the 
I.R.S., and other agencies and 
universities 

• has one of the best playgrounds in 
Boston 

• has recently had a $1.5 million 
renovation and is in "first-class" 
condition. 

Mattahunt Bemantary School 

100 Hebron Street, Mattapan 
Nancy Dickerson, Principal 
® 635-8792 

The Mattahunt School. . . 

• is an urban school in a suburban 
setting, near Cummins Highway, off 
Livermore Street 

• has 850 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• uses Whole Language, cooperative 
learning, and other innovative 
teaching methods 

• works with Foster Grandparents and 
Boston Partners in Education 

• has a Somali bilingual program 

• has computer labs and uses the 
Writing-to-Read program 

• is the center for Reading Recovery 



for the Boston Public Schools 
• is a large, modern building with a 
swimming pool and gym. 

Murphy Bementary School 

One Worrell Street, Dorchester 
Robert Glennon, Principal 
©635-8781 

The Murphy School. . . 

is in a residential area, next to 
Edwards Market on Morrissey 
Boulevard 

has 840 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

uses a team approach to staff 
planning and problem solving 
offers Advanced Work Class for 
eligible students in Grades 4-5 
has two computer labs for reading, 
writing and math 
is part of TEAMS 

(Telecommunications Education for 
Advances in Math & Science) 
has Reading is Fundamental and 
Literature is Tops programs 
won a 1995 School Improvement 
Award 

offers student support services 
is a large school, built in 1973, with 
a flexible, open space design. 



O'Hearn Dementary School 

1669 Dorchester Avenue, 

Dorchester 

William Henderson, Principal 

® 635-8725 

The O 'Hearn School. . . 

• is in a residential neighborhood, not 
far from Shawmut Station 

• has 225 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• is a full-integration school that 
includes special needs students in all 
classes 



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• uses Whole Language and the basal 
reader to teach reading 

• uses cooperative learning and 
"themes" to teach all subjects 

• won a 1995 School Improvement 
Award 

• collaborates with many universities, 
agencies, and corporations. 

Perkins Bementary School 

50 Burke Street, South Boston 
Virginia DiFranza, Principal 
® 635-8601 

The Perkins School. . . 

• is in the Old Colony Apartments 

• has 300 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• uses the IBM Writing-to-Read 
program, and has a Macintosh 
computer lab to teach writing 

• provides mentor counseling 

• promotes Project P-R-I-D-E and 
self-esteem: empowering children to 
survive and succeed 

• offers the Perkins Club activity 
period every Friday for mixed-grade 
groups of students in Grades 3-5 

• has just been renovated. 

Perry Bementary School 

745 East 7th Street, South Boston 
SaUyGorham, Principal 
€) 635-8840 

The Perry School. . . 

• is in a quiet, safe area, across from 
Boston Harbor 

• has 220 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• integrates special needs students into 



the whole classroom, with full 
inclusion classes for Grades 1 and 2 

• uses Whole Language to teach 
reading 

• believes in "hands-on," thematic 
learning and "process" writing 

• has two computer labs and uses the 
IBM Writing-to-Read program 

• provides specialists in music, science, 
computers, and physical education 

• won a 1995 School Improvement 
Award 

• offers drug education through "So 
Bad," and works with the Boston 
Police Dept. on anti-gang and drug 
education programs 

• offers counseling through Family 
Services, Inc. 

• uses team teaching in Kindergarten- 
Grade 2 

• has a tutoring program with UMass- 
Boston and a partnership with 
Haymarket Bank 

• offers free dance lessons through 
Boston Ballet City Dance, and takes 
part in Boston Ballet's free student 
matinee program and Nutcracker 
Lottery 

• has a parent center, active parent 
council, and School Site Council; 
and encourages parent involvement 

• has newly renovated classrooms and 
exterior, and plans to renovate the 
schoolyard. 

Roosevelt Bementary School 

95 Needham Road, Hyde Park 
Lorraine Bordonaro, Principal 
® 635-8676 

The Roosevelt School. . . 

• is in a quiet, residential 
neighborhood, near the Blue Hills 

• has 400 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• uses cooperative learning in the 



classroom 

• won a 1995 School Improvement 
Award 

• has an IBM computer network lab 
for all grades 

• provides science lessons taught by a 
science specialist 

• offers Literature is Tops, a Literacy 
Reading Program, and Literature 
Through Music to develop good 
readers 

• has a Student of the Month program 
and an annual Field Day 

• publishes a school newspaper 
quarterly and sends home a weekly 
parent bulletin for home-school 
communication. 

Russell Bementary School 

750 Columbia Road, Dorchester 
Archie Walsh, Principal 
® 635-8803 

The Russell School. . . 

• is near Edward Everett Square 

• has 450 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• offers the option of two-way Spanish 
bilingual classes for Kindergarten- 
Grade 5: all students learn English 
and Spanish 

• is a happy, diverse, multicultural 
school with waiting lists for every 
grade 

• is absolutely gorgeous after a $1 .5 
million renovation! 

P. A. Shaw Bementary School 

429 Norfolk Street, Dorchester 
William B. Stevens, Principal 
® 635-8719 

The Pauline A. Shaw School. . . 

• is on the corner of Morton and 
Norfolk Street, across from 
Walgreens 



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• has 365 students in Early Childhood 
and Kindergarten-Grade 5 

• has a schoolwide International 
Studies theme 

• uses Whole Language, Literature is 
Tops, and other programs to teach 
reading 

• offers French and Japanese 
instruction 

• has an international Pen Pal 
program, guest speakers from other 
countries, cultural field trips, and an 
International Day 

• works with the Showa Institute for 
Women, World Affairs Council, 
Boston Ballet, Boston Partners in 
Education, DECIDE drug education 
program, and many others 

• has state-of-the-art technology and 
computer software, with computers 
in almost every classroom 

• has won a Title I PIP Award and a 
1995 School Improvement Award 

• participates in the Harvard Peace 
Games 

• offers monthly parent workshops. 

Stone Bementary School 

22 Regina Road, Dorchester 
Maria de los Angeles Montes, 
Principal 
® 635-8773 

The Stone School. . . 

• is on a quiet street, near the 
Dorchester Court House 

• has 250 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• is partners with John Hancock and 
BayBank in a unique program which 
includes training for parents and 
teachers, mentoring, and other 
support 

• has a journalism theme, encouraging 
all children in Kindergarten-Grade 5 
to be strong writers 



• is partners with Boston Children's 
Services for on-site counseling and 
violence prevention programs 

• is partners with UMass-Boston and 
Wheelock College, who provide 
student teachers 

• has strong community ties through 
Codman Square Health Center, the 
Greenwood Family Center, the 
Merchants Association, Healthy 
Boston, and the YMCA 

• offers a schoolwide Title I program 

• works with Northeastern University 
nursing school students and 
CCHEERS 

• has a media center and a parent 
center 

• has been completely renovated. 

Taylor Bementary School 

1060 Morton Street, Mattapan 
Cheryl Pontes, Principal 
©635-8731 

The Taylor School. . . 

• is located in a quiet neighborhood 

• has 690 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• offers Advanced Work Class for 
eligible students in Grades 4-5 

• has a Haitian creole bilingual 
program and English as a Second 
Language 

• offers French, g>'m, art, music and 
computer classes to all students 

• has a computer lab and several 
classroom computers 

• runs the Taylor School Store, open 
to all students 

• uses the Literature is Tops program 

• gives scholarships from Boston 
Ballet to eligible students 

• has new landscaping and has been 
recently renovated. 



Tynan Bementary School 

650 East 4th Street, South Boston 
Nancy M. Sheehan, Principal 
® 635-8641 

The Tynan School. . . 

• is in a residential area, near Flood 
Square 

• has 500 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• has a Cape Verdean bilingual 
program 

• has several college and university 
partnerships to improve teaching 
and learning 

• has a physical fitness program at the 
Boston Athletic Club 

• has a full-time computer lab and art 
room 

• chooses schoolwide learning themes 

• uses literature and Whole Language 
to teach reading, and has the 
"Literature Is Tops" program 

• teaches math and science with 
"hands-on" activities, and 
participates actively in Project 
PALMS 

• offers school-based counseling and 
health services 

• has a Foster Grandparents Program 

• teaches students that "Saving Makes 
Sense" 

• is a well-maintained, modified open- 
space school, with a modern gym. 

Young Achievers Science & 
Mathematics Bementary School 

90 Smith Street, Roxbury 
Dawn Lewis, Principal 
® 635-6805 

The Young Achievers School is a citywide 
school for Kindergarten-Grade 2, with 
plans to add Grade 3 in September 1996 
and then expand one grade each year 
through Grade 8. Please see page 12. 



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Cleveland Middle School 

1 1 Charles Street, Dorchester 
Mikel Sidberry, Principal 
® 635-8631 

The Cleveland School. . . 

• is in Fields Corner, across from the 
MBTA station 

• has 700 students in Grades 6-8 

• is a Visual & Performing Arts 
Theme School 

• integrates the arts into all subject 
areas 

• organizes Grades 6-8 into clusters of 
120-150 students with a team of 
teachers 

• offers traditional classes and 
inclusion programs for all grades 

• has a "no-nonsense" approach to 
discipline, with an emphasis on 
fairness and consistency 

• has extended day activities from 2 to 
6 P.M. under the Safe Schools 
Program 

• has a full-time Student Support 
Team. 



Cavln Middle School 

215 Dorchester Street, 
South Boston 
Joseph Lee, Principal 
©635-8817 

The Gavin School. . . 

• is located near Andrew Square 

• has 555 students in Grades 6-8 

• is a Carnegie Turning Points School 

• is totally handicapped accessible and 
has Multiple Handicap programs 

• is clustered to include all students in 
smaller classes 

• has a JFK Library Corp 

• offers after school remediation 
programs for students who need 
extra help 

• is the originator of the Student 
Support Team concept for providing 
services 

• is partners with Gillette Co. 

Sarah Greenwood Bementary & 
Middle School 

189 Glenway Street, Dorchester 
Isabel Mendez, Principal 
® 635-8710 

The Sarah Greenwood School. . . 

• is in a residential neighborhood, 
near Franklin Park 

• has 450 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 8 

• offers "Estrellas," a chance for 
Spanish- and English-speaking 
students to learn together 

• uses technology in all subjects 

• won a 1995 School Improvement 
Award 

• has a Writing-to-Read computer lab 
and a new Writing-to-Write 
program 

• has a Macintosh computer lab where 
students create stories, publish the 
school newspaper, and develop 



graphics 

• has an IBM Teaching-and-Learning- 
Through-Computers lab for math 

• uses HOTS (Higher Order 
Thinking Skills) to teach thinking, 
reasoning, and problem solving 

• is part of TEAMS 
(Telecommunications Education for 
Advances in Math & Science), 
PALMS (Partnerships Advancing the 
Learning of Math & Science), and 
the Algebra Project 

• is partners with the Community 
Music Center 

• follows the character curriculum, 
"Voices of Love and Freedom" 

• uses cooperative and multicultural 
learning 

• has a full-time social worker, a 
parent center, and a Student 
Support Team. 

Hernandez Elementary & Middle 
School 

61 School Street, Roxbuxy 
Margarita M. Muniz, Principal 
(©635-8187 

The Hernandez School is a city wide 
school, open to students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 8 from all Boston neighborhoods. 
Please see page 11. 

M. L. King Middle School 

77 Lawrence Avenue, Dorchester 
James L. Buckley, Principal 

©635-8212 

The King School is a city wide school open 
to students in Grades 6-8 from all Boston 
neighborhoods. Please see page 11. 



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Lewenberg Middle School 

20 Outlook Road, Mattapan 
Myrtlene Mayfield, Principal 
® 635-8623 

The Lewenberg School. . . 

• is in a well-kept, residential area, 
with beautifully landscaped grounds 
(thanks to students and parents) 

• has 600 students in Grades 6-8 

• has won hundreds of awards, 
including the National Center of 
Excellence in the Language Arts 
Award, National School Safety 
Award, and National Reader's 
Digest Award 

• features an award-winning staff, 
including five Golden Apple Award 
winners and four National Reader's 
Digest Award winners 

• offers an outstanding curriculum 
designed and implemented to 
increase academic achievement 

• uses cooperative learning to foster 
learning and negotiation skills, 
teamwork, and individual decision- 
making 

• emphasizes reading and writing in all 
subjects 

• offers an innovative bilingual 
program 

• offers French, art, music, sewing, 
and cooking 

• collaborates on programs with more 
than thirty agencies and 
organizations 

• has partnerships with IBM, Lesley 
College, and Turning Points 

• houses Project Adventure and 
Expeditionary Learning, where 
students learn to trust in themselves 
and each other, to value teamwork, 
to relate to diversity, and to achieve 
academically, socially, and 
psychologically. 



McCormack Middle School 

315 Mt. Vernon Street, Dorchester 
Robert Martin Jr., Principal 
® 635-8657 

The McCormack School. . . 

• is in a quiet area, near Harbor Point 

• has 700 students in Grades 6-8 

• has twice been cited for excellence 
by the State Department of 
Education 

• has very active partnerships with the 
Bank of Boston, which provides 
many programs, achievement 
awards, free books, computers, 
mentors, and tutors; and with 
UMass-Amherst 

• works with the Kennedy Library, the 
Kennedy Library Corps, MassPEP 
Pre-Engineering Program, and 
Urban Scholars 

• has six computer labs, with 175+ 
computers 

• offers a Science Magnet program for 
Grades 7 and 8, with a brand new 
science lab and trips to Boston 
Harbor to study marine biology 

• has a Friday Activity Period during 
which students can do crafts, play 
Scrabble, play chess, and more 

• has student awards ceremonies, 
chorus, and band 

• offers after school tutoring and 
activities 

• has Bank of Boston sponsored 
programs, with achievement awards, 
free books, computers, mentors, and 
tutors 

• has the McCormack Kids Summer 
Institute at UMass-Boston and 
evening programs for parents 

• has a residency program with the 
Alvin Alley and Paul Taylor dance 
companies. Arts in Progress, and 
Project Discovery; and three trips 
per child to the Museum of Fine 
Arts. 



Rogers Middle School 

1 5 Everett Street, Hyde Park 
Michael A. McCarthy, Principal 
(0 635-8700 

The Rogers School. . . 

• is in a quiet, residential 
neighborhood, very near Cleary 
Square 

• has 670 students in Grades 6-8 

• has a Vietnamese bilingual program 

• clusters students with a team of 
teachers 

• has a technology wing and a 
communications theme 

• won a 1995 School Improvement 
Award 

• offers performing arts, a school 
chorus, and a current events 
program 

• is partners with Curry College and 
the Hyde Park Branch Library 

• has after school enrichment and 
athletics 

• has a school book store 

• has had recent renovations. 

Thompson Middle School 

100 Maxwell Street, Dorchester 
Ronald Sprading, Principal 
® 635-8764 

The Thompson School. . . 

• is in a quiet, residential area, not far 
from the police station on Blue Hill 
Avenue 

• has 325 students in Grades 6-8 

• emphasizes the attitude, "College is 
for me!" 

• offers college preparatory courses for 
all students: French, algebra, and 
21st century math 

• has Advanced Work Class for 
eligible students in Grade 6 

• won a 1995 School Improvement 
Award 



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NORTH ZONE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 



• is organized so that teachers can plan 
and develop lessons together 

• teaches reading in all classes, even 
math and science 

• offers after school sports, clubs, 
tutoring, and other activities 

• has been recently refurbished. 

Timiity Middle School 

205 Roxbury Street, Roxbury 
Roger F. Harris, Principal 
©635-8109 

The Timiity School is a citywide school, 
open to students in Grades 6-8 from all 
Boston neighborhoods. Please see page 11. 

Wilson Middle School 

18 Croftland Avenue, Dorchester 
Rosalyn Browne, Principal 

® 635-8827 

The Wilson School. . . 

• is in a quiet, residential 
neighborhood 

• has 570 students in Grades 6-8 

• has Advanced Work Class for eligible 
students in Grade 6 

• clusters students by grade for all 
academic subjects 

• provides tutoring, counseling, and 
after school sports and recreation 

• won a 1995 School Improvement 
Award 

• is part of TEAMS 
(Telecommunications Education for 
Advances in Math & Science) 

• has four computer labs and two 
satellite communications systems 

• is an Algebra in Middle Schools 
(AIMS) site 



offers programs with Harvard 
University, Boston College, and 
Bowdoin College (mentoring and 
tutoring) 

trains students in violence 
prevention and peer leadership 
is Boston's only middle school to 
pilot a school-to-work model 
offers college preparatory courses at 
UMass-Boston and a pre- 
engineering program 
is partners with the Mitre 
Corporation 

has a family center open during the 
day 

has won several grants for school 
reform 

just had a $1 million 
modernization. I 



North Zone 
Elementary 
Schools 



Adams Bementary School 

165 Webster Street, East Boston 
Philip Marino, Principal 

® 635-8383 

The Adams School . . 

• is in a quiet neighborhood near 
Maverick Square, overlooking 
Boston Harbor and the skyline 

• has 350 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• has a computer lab and Computer 
Club 

• has a video team for news programs 
and special events 

• reaches out to the community 



through Community Service 
Learning 

• has a technology program — a 
"lasting link" with Lesley College, 
the Private Industry Council, The 
Learning Tree, U. S. Coast Guard, 
and Mass. Fisheries & Wildlife 

• has six classroom science 
partnerships, and offers science to all 
students 

• provides art and music programs 

• offers Title I math and reading 

• offers substance abuse workshops for 
parents 

• works with the East Boston 
Neighborhood Health Center 

• has recently been renovated. 

Alighieri Elementary School 

37 Gove Street, East Boston 
John Gillis, Principal 
® 635-8529 

The Alighieri School . . 

• is a small, friendly school near 
Maverick Square 

• has 190 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• uses both Whole Language and 
phonics to teach reading 

• offers before school enrichment for 
Grades 4 and 5 

• has Reading is Fundamental/RIF 
and Books-and-Beyond programs to 
develop a love for reading 

• has IBM Writing-To-Read and 
Apple computer labs 

• has a parent center 

• often visits and performs at the 
nearby Lyman Elderly Apartments 

• has strong pairings with the East 
Boston Neighborhood Health 
Center, Kiwanis, Northeastern and 
Boston University medical schools, 
Boston Police, the Chamber of 
Commerce, MassPort, East Boston 



BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS 



BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS 



District Court, and Wheelock 
College 

• is a clean school, newly painted, 
with modern lighting, new roof, and 
newly finished wood floors. 

Baldwin Bementary School 

121 Corey Road, Brighton 
Suzanne Lee, Principal 
® 635-8460 

The Baldwin School. . . 

• is close to Brookline, in a diverse 
and pleasant neighborhood 

• has 340 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• uses the Writing-to-Read program in 
K-1 classrooms 

• offers "Sunrise Stars," a before 
school reading program 

• uses the Books-and-Beyond program 



to encourage students to turn off the 

television and read 

works with Foster Grandparents for 

friendship and tutoring 

offers support services for students 

experiencing difficulties 

has drama, music, and computer 

classes 

has an active parent council 

offers English as a Second Language 

works on character development 

through the Humane Society's 

Operation Outreach: each student 

will receive two books a year for five 

years. 

is building a nourishing learning 

community 

has just been renovated, with new 

windows and fences — and has three 

beautiful greenhouse windows. 



Blackstone Bementary School 

380 Shawmut Ave., Boston 
William Colom, Principal 
® 635-8471 

The Blackstone School. . . 

• is located in a multi-ethnic 
neighborhood in the South End 

• has 975 students in Early 
Childhood-Grade 5 

• offers Early Childhood programs for 
special needs three and four-year- 
olds 

• uses team teaching and organizes 
teachers in grade-level teams to plan 
lessons around central themes 

• offers after school tutoring in 
reading and math 

• has an after school Citizens in 
Training Group (CTG) for Grades 4 
and 5 



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NORTH ZONE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 



NORTH ZONE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 



• has a parent center for workshops, 
special activities, and meetings 

• offers a Spanish bilingual program 

• has three computer labs: WICAT, 
Writing-To-Read, and IBM 

• has a choir for Grades 4-5 

• uses the Cumulative Writing Folder 
system to teach vi^riting to students 
in Grades 1-5. 

Bradley Bementary School 

10 Beachview Road, East Boston 
Robert Lyons, Principal 

® 635-8422 

The Bradley School. . . 

• is in the quiet, residential area of 
Orient Heights 

• has 350 children in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• offers an Early Childhood Program 

• has Advanced Work Class for 
eligible students in Grades 4-5 

• uses the Integrated Learning System 
(computer assisted instruction) in a 
newly equipped Macintosh lab for 
Grades 1-5 

• has a Logan Airport career awareness 
program, developed in partnership 
with Massport, for Grades 4-5 

• emphasizes strong writing skills, 
using computer word processing and 
the Cumulative Writing Folder in 
Grades 2-5 

• offers ballet lessons through the 
Boston Ballet City Dance program 
for selected children in Grades 3-5 
(and beyond, for students chosen for 
advanced instruction): one of our 
fourth graders is currently dancing 
in the Boston Ballet's Nutcracker 



performance! 

• is paired with Northeastern 
University and Salem State College 
as a site to train student teachers. 

Earfy Learning Center/North 

at the Jackson/Mann School 
40 Armington Street, Allston 
Ellen Lee McCarthy, Director 
® 635-8409 

The North Zone Early Learning Center. . . 

• is located in the Jackson/Mann 
Complex, a large, modern school in 
Union Square 

• has 100 students, from age 3 to 
Grade 1 

• offers a full day program, plus ^ff" 
before and after school care from as 
early as 7:30 A.M. to as late as 
6:00 P.M. 

• integrates students with special 
needs and regular education students 
in all classes 

• provides an innovative 
developmental early education 
program 

• won a 1995 School Improvement 
Award 

• offers music, art, physical education, 
and a foreign language 

• provides counseling with the 
Allston-Brighton Mental Health 
Center 

• mentors student teachers from 
Boston College, Boston University, 
and Wheelock College 

• uses the Jackson/Mann's well- 
stocked library, large gymnasium, 
and cafeteria 

• enjoys a business partnership with 
Windsor Systems. 



Blot Bementary School 

16 Charter Street, Boston 
Sonia Diaz Salcedo, Principal 
® 635-8545 

The Eliot School. . . 

• is located in the North End and 
traces its beginnings to 1713: we're 
one of only two Boston public 
schools on the Freedom Trail 

• has 240 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• uses nearby resources: we can walk 
to the Paul Revere House, Museum 
of Science, Computer Museum, 
Children's Museum, New England 
Aquarium, Old State House, and 
Old North Church. 

• has a partnership with The Berkshire 
Group 

• brings in performers such as the 
Brown Bag Opera, Young 
Audiences, and the Boston Opera 
Company 

• participates in community-based 
programs such as Know Your 
Neighborhood and American 
History (Revolutionary War) Studies 

• belongs to the Boston Music 
Education Collaborative 

• has a mentor program and facilities 
to individualize a student's 
education plan 

• is applying for membership in 
Brown University's Coalition of 
Essential Schools 

• has a fully equipped, state-of-the-art 
Macintosh computer lab. 

Emerson Bementary School 

6 Shirley Road, Roxbury 
Robert Salamone, Principal 
® 635-8507 

The Emerson School. . . 

• is in an established family 



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BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS 



neighborhood, near St. Patrick's 
Church 

• has 325 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• has the third highest student 
attendance percentage in Boston 

• offers a Cape Verdean biUngual 
program 

• has a Computer Club and chorus 

• has been awarded two grants from 
the Boston Plan for Excellence 

• won a 1995 School Improvement 
Award 

• is a teacher training site for Boston, 
Simmons, and Wheelock colleges, 
and the Berklee School of Music 

• offers individual and family 
counseling 

• collaborates with the Strand Theatre, 
Brown Bag Opera, New England 
Opera Company, Arts in Progress, 
Cantata Singers, and others 

• recognizes that a child's success in 
life depends very much on his or her 
feeling of self-worth 

• has been recently renovated and is 
clean and beautiful. 

Farragut Bementary School 

1 Fenwood Road, Boston 
Charles Ray, Principal 
® 635-8450 



The Farragut School. . . 

is in an historic area, near Brigham 
Circle 

has 275 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

has high expectations for all its 
students 

offers parents the option of the same 
teacher for Grades 4-5 
has Advanced Work Class for 
eligible students in Grades 4-5 
has an optional uniform policy 
has a full-time physical education 



teacher 

• has an active computer class 

• offers "Making Music": free 
instrumental music lessons with 
teachers from Boston University 

• is partners with the Children's 
Hospital Dental Program, New 
England Baptist Hospital, Gardner 
Museum, and Museum of Fine Arts 

• offers Spanish and French language 
instruction 

• has just been renovated, with new 
paint, windows, and more. 

Gardner Bementary School 

30 Athol Street, Allston 
Catalina Montes, Principal 
(d 635-8365 

The Gardner School... 

• is in a quiet neighborhood 

• has 510 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• has a Spanish bilingual program and 
an English as a Second Language 
teacher 

• uses the Success Maker computer 
integrated learning system in all 
grades 

• offers instrumental music lessons 
(Grades 3-5) and is part of the 
Boston Music Collaborative (Grades 
1-3) 

• has a Reading at Home program 

• won a 1995 School Improvement 
Award 

• hosts live performances by the 
Handel & Haydn Society and others 

• gets student teachers and interns 
from Boston College and Boston 
University 

• works with Mass. Audubon Society 
for nature walks and animal 
experiences 

• participates in Kiwanis Club 
"Terrific Kids" recognition awards 



• is partners with McNamara House 
and Boston Partners in Education 

• offers in-school counseling with 
Allston-Brighton Mental Health 
Clinic 

• offers gym classes at Boston 
University and gets mentors and 
tutors from Harvard Business School 

• teaches violence prevention in all 
grades and hosts an annual Violence 
Prevention March 

• has a full-time nurse 

• hosts "Breakfasts with the 
Principal." 

Garfield Bementary School 

95 Beechcroft Street, Brighton 
Victoria Megias-Batista, Principal 
©635-8351 

The Garfield School.. 

• is in Faneuil Square, a quiet 
neighborhood near Brighton Center 

• has 370 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• keeps a Writing Folder for every 
student in Grades 2-5 

• uses Books and Beyond, Writing-to- 
Read, Jostens, Children's Writing 
and Publishing, and other reading 
and writing programs 

• offers a before school program 

• provides counseling from Allston- 
Brighton Health Center 

• includes special education students 
in regular education classrooms to 
increase their self-esteem and 
learning 

• is a schoolwide Title I school 

• uses team teaching during reading 
classes 

• is bringing technology to each 
classroom 

• has three EM-MAT (Elementary & 
Middle Math &C Technology) 
teachers, who enhance the math 



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NORTH ZONE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 



curriculum every year; and won 
grants totalling $15,000 to explore 
new approaches to science, math, 
and technology 

• is training its teachers in the Whole 
Language philosophy of teaching 
reading and writing 

• praises diversity and has great 
expectations for all our students. 

Guild Bementary School 

195 Leyden Street, East Boston 
Simon Ho, Principal 
® 635-8523 

The Guild School. . . 

is in a residential area of Orient 

Heights 

has over 240 students in 

Kindergarten-Grade 5 

offers a Chinese bilingual program 

in Kindergarten-Grade 5 

uses a Cumulative Writing Folder 

for language arts 

has an IBM Writing-To-Read 

computer lab 

has an Apple computer lab as well as 

computers in six classrooms 

won a 1995 School Improvement 

Award 

teaches math concepts through 

"hands-on" materials and other new 

methods 

offers enrichment in science, social 

studies, and math. 



Hamilton Bementary School 

198 Strathmore Road, Brighton 
John Molloy, Principal 
® 635-8388 

The Hamilton School... 

• is near Cleveland Circle, on the 
Brookline border 

• has 250 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• has a Writing-to-Read Computer 
Center 

• reflects the diversity of the city, with 
students from 20 countries and 
cultures 

• offers a physical education program 
through Boston University 

• has tutors from Boston University, 
Boston College, Boston Partners in 
Education, and Foster Grandparents 

• has a parent center. 

Harvard/Kent Bementary School 

50 Bunker Hill Street, Charlestown 
Jack Halloran, Principal 
® 635-8358 

The Harvard/Kent School. . . 

• is located in a quiet, historic 
neighborhood, in the shadow of the 
Bunker Hill Monument on the 
Freedom Trail 

• has 600 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• features an award-winning staff, 
including Golden Apple Award and 
private foundation winners 

• takes pride in being diverse, 
determined, and dynamic 

• has a warm and caring atmosphere 

• has state of-the-art programs for 
beginning readers: Wricing-to-Read, 
Scholastic/Macintosh Wiggleworks, 
and Reading Recovery 

• won a 1995 School Improvement 
Award 

• has three IBM computer labs, with 



many Macintosh computers in 
classrooms 

• collaborates with lots of museums: 
the Museum of Fine Arts, Museum 
of Science, Peabody Museum, 
Children's Museum, and Computer 
Museum 

• has a science program supported by 
a $1 million National Science 
Foundation grant; and has 
additional museum grants to work 
with the New England Aquarium 

• has partnerships with Tufts 
University, the Center for Applied 
Special Technology, and Boston 
Community Music Center; and 
collaborates with Boston Ballet, the 
Audubon Society, Mass. General 
Hospital, UMass-Boston, and many 
others 

• is a City Year community 
partnership project, with corps 
members who work in our 
classrooms 

• is a large, bright, beautifully 
designed school, in "first-class" 
condition. 

Hernandez Bementary & IVIiddle 
School 

61 School Street, Roxbury 
Margarita M. Muniz, Principal 
©635-8187 

The Hernandez School is a citywide 
school, open to students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 8 from all Boston neighborhoods. 
Please see page 11. 

Hurley Bementary School 

70 Worcester Street, Boston 
Nora E. Pou, Principal 
® 635-8489 

The Hurley School. . . 

• is a small, attractive, well-maintained 



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school in the South End, near 
Symphony Hall 

• has 390 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• offers a two-way bilingual program 
in Kindergarten-Grade 5, where 
students learn together in Spanish 
and English 

• has won two Boston Plan for 
Excellence grants for schoolwide 
Hands On Science and Math Our 
Way programs; and has been funded 
by the Harcourt Charitable 
Foundation, Inc. to support staff 
and parent training in Math Our 
Way 

• offers a schoolwide writing program 
and a home/school reading 
awareness program 

• has a full-time computer teacher 

• has an after school program twice a 
week 

• participates in Boston Ballet City 
Dance 

• makes class visits to the South End 
Library 

• has partnerships with Boston 
University, City Mission Society/ 
Artist in Residence Program, Copley 
Place, Neiman Marcus, 
Northeastern University, the South 
End Clinic, and Peat Marwick 

• has a poet and other artists who 
work with students every week 

• has a Student Support Team. 

Jackson/ Mann Bementary School 

40 Armington Street, Allston 
Joanne Collins Russell, Principal 
©635-8532 

The Jackson/Mann School. . . 

• is a large, modern school in Union 
Square 

• has 680 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 



• has a Student Support team 

• is pioneering the concept of full 
integration of special needs students 

• uses computer-assisted instruction 
widely 

• provides a strong, effective program 
for Vietnamese bilingual students 

• won a 1995 School Improvement 
Award 

• offers strong programs in the arts, 
foreign languages, science, and 
physical education 

• collaborates with Boston University 
and Wheelock College in a 
mentoring program and initiatives in 
math and science 

• is a Professional Development 
Center for Boston University and 
Wheelock College 

• enjoys a business partnership with 
Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. 

P. J. Kennedy Elementary School 

343 Saratoga Street, East Boston 
Eugene Ellis, Principal 
® 635-8466 

The Patrick Kennedy School... 

• is in a quiet neighborhood, near Day 
Square 

• has 300 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• has a state-of-the-art Macintosh 
computer lab 

• has award-winning art and computer 
programs 

• holds a monthly book swap and an 
annual Science Fair, and recognizes a 
"Student of the Month" 

• publishes a school newspaper and a 
weekly parent newsletter: We have 
our own "PJK Publishing 
Company!" 

• uses the Books and Beyond, HOTS 
(Higher Order Thinking Skills), 
DEAR (Drop Everything And 



Read), Lesson 1 (self-esteem) and 
Arts Residence programs 

• has a Reading and Writing Buddies 
program between Kindergarten and 
Grade 4 students 

• offers counseling and an in-house 
mentor program 

• donates student-made books and 
calendars to hopsitals, nursing 
homes, and rehabilitation centers 

• collaborates with the Parks 
Department for Grades 4-5 

• is a newly renovated building, with 
new windows, classroom lights, 
intercom system, refmished floors, 
and fresh paint. 

Lyon Bementary School 

50 Beechcroft Street, Brighton 
Mary Nash, Principal 
® 635-7945 

The Lyon School. . . 

• is located on a quiet residential street 
near Brighton Center 

• has 90 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• offers a before and after school 
program from 7:15 A.M. to 
5:00 P.M. 

• emphasizes integrated language for 
its Kindergarten-Grade 2 students 
and research projects for its Grade 3- 
5 students 

• fully integrates 30 special needs 
students with 60 regular education 
students in six classrooms, with 
small classes of 15 students 

• won a 1995 School Improvement 
Award 

• teaches word processing on new 
Macintosh computers and basic 
computer skills through a special 
Lego Logo project 

• has partnerships with Boston 
College, Wheelock College, Walker 



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NORTH ZONE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 



School, the Boston Parks & 
Recreation Dept., and the Oak 
Square Library. 

Mason Bementary School 

150 Norfolk Avenue, Roxbury 
Mary Russo, Princip^ 
(D 635-8405 

The Mason School... 

• is located across from a park and 
playground 

• has 300 students from age 3 to 
Grade 5 

• offers an all-day Early Childhood 
program for ages 3 and 4, with free 
afternoon surround care 

• won the City Management 
Excellence Award in 1994 and 1995 

• won a 1995 School Improvement 
Award 

• was cited by the U. S. Dept. of 
Education for its exemplary Title I 
reading program 

• has been named a demonstration site 
for Accelerated Schools (a program 
that challenges students to go 
beyond "normally" expected 
schoolwork) by the Mass. Dept. of 
Education 

• offers the innovative "Mason Way" 
reading program for Grades 1-2 

• offers Reading Recovery in 
Grade 1 

• uses "learning-by-doing" in math 
and science 

• is part of TEAMS 
(Telecommunications Education for 
Advances in Math & Science), and 
has computers in every classroom 

• offers Bright Start, an intensive 



reading and writing program for 
Kindergarten 

• has a teacher's aide in each room in 
Early Childhood-Grade 5 

• runs an after school program until 
5:30 P.M., five days per week 

• has Summer Stars, a 6-week, full-day 
summer academic program 

• actively involves parents and 
schedules three individual parent 
conferences a year 

• offers swimming and French for 
Grades 2-5, fencing lessons for 
Grades 4-5, and music, art, and 
storytelling for everyone 

• has partnerships with John 
Hancock, Newmarket Business 
Association, Boston Parks & 
Recreation, Boston Community 
Centers, Boston College, Boston 
University, Harvard Graduate 
School of Education, and Wheelock 
College 

• has on-site counseling for children 
and families 

• has recently had a $ 1 .4 million 
renovation. 

McKay Bementary & Middle School 

122 Cottage Street, East Boston 
Ronald Jackson, Principal 
©635-8510 

The McKay School. . . 

• is in a quiet neighborhood near the 
Callahan Tunnel 

• is an elementary and a middle 
school, with 600 students in 
Kindergarten-Grade 8 

• offers Spanish bilingual classes in 
Kindergarten-Grade 5 

• has several computer labs for 
individualized learning 

• is the only Project Excel school in 
the city 

• has a parent center and parent 



advocate, and offers free English as a 
Second Language courses for parents 

• makes an extra effort to 
communicate to English- and 
Spanish-speaking parents 

• places special emphasis on 
counseling and mentors for students 
and their families 

• is an active partner with Cabot 
Corporation for math, science, and 
computer programs 

• offers, for a small fee, an after school 
program to help working parents 

• has after-school "Homework 
Helpers" and clubs for middle 
school students through TEAM: 
Teens Excelling At McKay. 

O'Donnell Bementary School 

33 Trenton Street, East Boston 
John Waggett, Principal 
® 635-8454 

The O 'Donnell School. . . 

• is near Central Square 

• has 370 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• has three computer labs for reading 
and math, including Writing-To- 
Read and Apple labs; and each grade 
has five computers in the classroom 

• offers a schoolwide Title I program 
and a reading tutorial program with 
the Harborside Afterschool Program 

• is on the Internet 

• uses the Cumulative Writing 
Folder — wait until you read our 
stories! 

• has a partnership with Massport, 
and programs with the Mass. 
Horticultural Society, Mass. 
Audubon Society, and the National 
Guard 

• offers the Children's Survival Skills 
and B.E.S.T. programs, as well as 
the GANG and DARE programs 



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with the Boston PoUce Dept. 

• has a home/school safety program 
with the Boston Police, Boston Fire 
Dept., and Boston Edison Co. 

• has nursing and medical students 
from East Boston Health Services, 
under a Kellogg grant, to do 
community service 

• has a great new playground! 

Otis Bementary School 

218 Marion Street, East Boston 
Thomas Connelly, Principal 
® 635-8372 

The Otis School. . . 

• is located between Maverick Square 
and Day Square 

• has over 425 students in 
Kindergarten-Grade 5 

• has bilingual programs for 
Kindergarten-Grade 5 in Spanish 
and Portuguese 

• has a multilingual teaching staff 

• has at least three computers in every 
classroom 

• won a 1995 School Improvement 
Award 

• offers instruction in art, music, 
physical education, and English as a 
Second Language in a totally 
integrated, multicultural 
environment 

• maintains active partnerships with 
Wheelock College, UMass-Boston, 
and Boston College through their 
student teaching programs 

• offers a Title I reading program 

• has a library/parent learning center 
and strong parent involvement 
through parent councils in English, 
Spanish, and Portuguese 

• fosters an environment that reflects 
the joy of teaching and learning, 
created by a highly professional 
faculty and well-mannered children. 



Quincy Bamantary School 

885 Washington Street, Boston 
Bale Fun Wong, Principal 
® 635-8497 

The Quincy School. . . 

• is a bright, modern school in 
Chinatown 

• has over 900 beautiful students in 
Kindergarten-Grade 5 

• has won an Excellence in Education 
Award from the U. S. Department 
of Education 

• uses both traditional and 
contemporary teaching methods in 
recognition of the many learning 
styles of our students 

• features academic 
departmentalization in Grades 2-5 

• pioneers the use of technology to 
prepare our students for the 21st 
century 

• is part of TEAMS 
(Telecommunications Education for 
Advances in Math & Science) in two 
Grade 5 classes 

• has Advanced Work Class for 
eligible students in Grades 4-5 

• has a computer club, marching 
band, concert chorus, gospel choir, 
African-American and Asian- 
American dance troupes, School 
Olympics, and more 

• has partnerships with the Bank of 
Boston, New England Medical 
Center, Suffolk University, and 
Tremont House Hotel 

• occupies a complex which includes 
two swimming pools, rooftop play 
decks, gym, auditorium, community 
center, and community health center 

• distributes monthly parent 
newsletters. 



Tobin Bamantary & Middle School 

40 Smith St., Roxbury 
Janet Short, Principal 
® 635-8393 

The Tobin School. . . 

• is located on Mission Hill, behind 
Mission Church and the library 

• is an elementary and a middle 
school, with 570 students in 
Kindergarten-Grade 8 

• has traditional, self-contained 
classrooms for Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• is a Visual & Performing Arts 
Theme School, offering: after school 
classes in theater, arts and music; 
guest artists and performances, 
including an Alvin Ailey Dance 
Residency; and schoolwide 
productions of "The Nutcracker," a 
spring musical, and more 

• publishes student writing through 
the Teddy Tobin Writing Project 

• has partnerships with Brigham & 
Women's Hospital, Northeastern 
University, Harvard School of 
Public Health, and the Tobin 
Community Center 

• provides Northeastern University 
scholarships to qualified graduates 

• won a 1995 School Improvement 
Award 

• is surrounded by exceptional 
resources: colleges, hospitals, 
museums, and more 

• provides counseling and social 
services on-site 

• has the Tobin School Family 
Support Program, with a Family 
Center, Family Coordinator, 
Parenting Partners, Family 
Exchange, Family Literacy Program 
(ESL classes), and Family Learning 
Program. 



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NORTH ZONE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 



Warren/Prescott Bementary School 

50 School Street, Charlestown 
Domenic Amara, Principal 
® 635-8346 

The Warren/Prescott School. . . 

• is located in a quiet, residential 
neighborhood 

• has 445 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• is a friendly environment 

• offers physical education, drama, 
and music 

• has an active School Site Council 

• has a Student Support Team 

• has a computer laboratory 

• won a 1995 School Improvement 
Award 

• uses writing and reading folders as 
part of the language arts program 

• works with the MENTOR 
Counseling Service and the Bunker 
Hill Health Center 

• has a special education program, 
including L/AB and autistic classes 

• produces four school plays and other 
presentations each year 

• participates in Books and Beyond, 
DEAR (Drop Everything And 
Read), and RIP (Reading Is 
Fundamental) 

• is paired with Wheelock College 

• offers art and an introduction to 
Spanish culture 

• uses the Charlestown Boys and Girls 
Club. 



Winship Bementary School 

54 Dighton Street, Brighton 
Antonio Barbosa, Principal 
® 635-8399 

The Winship School. . . 

• is located in a quiet, multicultural 
neighborhood near Brighton Center 

• has 400 students in Early Childhood 
(ages 3-5) and Kindergarten-Grade 5 

• uses literature-based reading 
programs in English and Spanish 
that incorporate thematic, integrated 
instruction with a variety of 
materials and strategies 

• emphasizes writing, beginning in 
Kindergarten 

• teaches math using the NCTM 
(National Council of Teachers of 
Mathematics) pre-algebra activities 
and computers 

• participates in an innovative science 
program. Global Learning and 
Observations to Benefit the 
Environment (GLOBE) 

• invites children to sing, create, and 
learn about music from a 
multicultural perspective 

• offers Title I support services in 
ESL, reading, native language, and 
Reading Recovery 

• won a 1995 School Improvement 
Award 

• has an active library program, with 
storytelling and research projects 

• seeks ways to promote inclusion 

• trains parents of our Early 
Childhood (special needs) students 

• is partners with many area colleges 
and agencies, and with Deaconess 
Hospital for professional 
development and classroom activities 

• has a Parent Center Book Swap 

• offers Girl Scouting for 
Grades 1-5. 



WInthrop Bementary School 

35 Brookford Street, Dorchester 
Joseph Joyce, Principal 
® 635-8379 

The Winthrop School. . . 

• is in a residential area off Blue Hill 
Avenue 

• has 300 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• uses Whole Language to teach 
reading 

• offers Advanced Work Class to 
eligible students in Grades 4-5 

• has an award-winning, model 
Kindergarten 

• won a 1995 School Improvement 
Award 

• publishes a monthly newsletter for 
parents and holds Kindergarten 
parent "coffees" 

• is reorganizing the school to increase 
parent involvement and include 
special needs students in regular 
education classes 

• has had a $1.2 million renovation: 
new roof, furnace, windows, school 
yards, library, intercom, paint, and 
more. 

Young Achievers Science & 
Mathematics Bementary School 

90 Smith Street, Roxbury 
Dawn Lewis, Principal 
® 635-6805 

The Young Achievers School is a citywide 
school for Kindergarten-Grade 2, with 
plans to add Grade 3 in September 1996 
and then expand one grade each year 
through Grade 8. It is open to students 
from all Boston neighborhoods. Please see 
page 12. 



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BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS 



North Zone 

Midille 

Schools 

Dearborn Middle School 

35 Greenville Street, Roxbury 
John Shields, Principal 
(D 635-8412 

The Dearborn School. . . 

• is located in a residential area, in the 
former Roxbury High School 
building 

• has 420 students in Grades 6-8 

• offers Project Promise, a national 
award winning extended day 
program 

• clusters each grade with a team of 
teachers 

• emphasizes reading, writing, and 
math in ^//subjects 

• has a Cape Verdean bilingual 
program for Grades 6-8, with an 
outreach worker for home/school 
communication 

• offers Spanish and French as foreign 
languages 

• has many special programs, 
including Advanced Work Class for 
eligible students in Grade 6 

• has a library multimedia center 

• provides Algebra I in Grade 8 

• collaborates with NUCRCM 
(Northeastern U. Comprehensive 
Regional Center for Minorities) for 
math and science enrichment 

• provides "hands-on" projects in the 
science lab 

• won a 1995 School Improvement 
Award 



• prepares students to take the ISEE 
test for admission to Boston's 
examination schools 

• has a mentor program with the 
Federal Reserve Bank and Fallon 
Hines & O'Connor 

• provides in-house tutoring by 
Harvard University students 

• sponsors career awareness programs 
and provides counseling (both in- 
house and community-based 
referrals) 

• offers after school sports, tutoring, 
clubs, pen pals, and chorus 

• promises your child a safe, nurturing 
environment in an atmosphere of 
academic excellence. 

Edison Middle School 

60 Glenmont Road, Brighton 
Elliot Stern, Principal 
® 635-8436 

The Edison School. . . 

• is in a beautiful, residential area, 
near St. John's Seminary 

• has 700 students in Grades 6-8 

• clusters students in mini-schools 
with a team of teachers who meet 
daily to plan together and talk with 
parents 

• has Peer Mediation and Mock Trial 
programs 

• offers after school programs: 
tutoring, preparation for the ISEE 
test for admission to Boston's 
examination schools, group sports, 
chess, computers... and snacks! 

• integrates bilingual and special needs 
students in all mini-schools 

• has computer drafting & design, 
IBM, and Macintosh computer labs 

• won a 1995 School Improvement 
Award 

• is partners with Boston University, 
Boston College, Work/Family 



Directions, and the Harvard School 
of Public Health for mentors, 
instrumental music lessons, and 
tutoring 

• teaches using themes and 
cooperative learning to encourage 
students to be critical thinkers and 
active learners 

• uses larger block teaching times 
which combine social studies, 
English, reading, math, and science. 

Edwards Middle School 

28 Walker Street, Charlestown 
Charles McAfee, Principal 
©635-8516 

The Edwards School. . . 

• is three blocks from the Bunker Hill 
Mall 

• has 550 students in Grades 6-8 

• houses a Chinese bilingual program 

• is one of only three Technology 
middle schools in the city 

• clusters students by grade, with 
special needs and bilingual students 
in all clusters 

• works with Project Commitment, 
the Boys & Girls Club, and Bunker 
Hill Community Health Center 

• is an active partner with the Keane 
Corporation, Northeastern 
University, and three graduate 
schools of education: Boston 
University, Harvard, and Simmons 

• is part of TEAMS 
(Telecommunications Education for 
Advances in Math & Science) 

• uses IBM and Macintosh computers 

• offers after school athletic and 
academic programs: chess, tutoring, 
research skills, board games, 
basketball, track, flag football, and 
ping pong 

• builds research skills using the 
encyclopedia on CD-ROM 



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NORTH ZONE MIDDLE SCHOOLS 



• has an annual schoolwide science 
fair. 

Hernandez Elementary & Middle 
School 

61 School Street, Roxbury 
Margarita M. Muniz, Principal 

©635-8187 

The Hernandez School is a citywide 
school, open to students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 8 from all Boston neighborhoods. 
Please see page 11. 

M. L. King Middle School 

77 Lawrence Avenue, Dorchester 
James L. Buckley, Principal 
® 635-8212 

' The King School is a citywide school, open 
to students in Grades 6-8 from all Boston 
neighborhoods. Please see page 11. 

McKay Bementary & Middle School 

122 Cottage Street, East Boston 
Ronald Jackson, Principal 
©635-8510 

The McKay School. . . 

• is in a quiet neighborhood near the 
Callahan Tunnel 

• is an elementary and a middle 
school, with 600 students in 
Kindergarten-Grade 8 

• offers Spanish bilingual classes in 
Kindergarten-Grade 5 

• has several computer labs for 
individualized learning 

• is the only Project Excel school in 
the city 

• has a parent center and parent 



advocate, and offers free English as a 


sports, mentors, tutors, and pen pals 


Second Language courses for parents 


• also has partnerships with WGBH/ 


• makes an extra effort to 


Channel 2 and the Boston 


communicate to English- and 


University Consortium. 


Spanish-speaking parents 




• places special emphasis on 


Tlmilty Middle School 


counseling and mentors foi students 
and their families 




205 Roxbury Street, Roxbury 




Roger F. Harris, Principal 


• is an active partner with Cabot 


©635-8109 


Corporation for math, science, and 




computer programs 


The Timilty School is a citywide school. 


• offers, for a small fee, an after school 


open to students in Grades 6-8 from all 


program to help working parents 


Boston neighborhoods. Please see page 11. 


• has after school "Homework 




Helpers" and clubs for middle 


Tobin Bementary & Middle School 


school students through TEAM: 
Teens Excelling At McKay. 




40 Smith Street, Roxbury 
Janet Short, Principal 




® 635-8393 


Taft Middle School 






The Tobin School. 


20 Warren Street, Brighton 




Irene McCarthy, Principal 


• is located on Mission Hill, behind 


® 635-8428 


Mission Church and the library 




• is an elementary and a middle 


The Tafi School.. 


school, with 570 students in 


• has 525 students (from 33 


Kindergarten-Grade 8 


countries!) in Grades 6-8 from 33 


• has traditional, self-contained 


countries 


classrooms for Kindergarten- 


• clusters students with teaching teams 


Grade 5 


for personal attention 


• is a Visual & Performing Arts 


• is well known for its top-notch 


Theme School, offering: after school 


computer technology and 


classes in theater, arts and music; 


instruction 


guest artists and performances. 


• has four computer labs and a brand- 


including an Alvin Alley Dance 


new Computer Learning Center 


Residency; and schoolwide 


• has a Chinese bilingual program 


productions of "The Nutcracker," a 


• is a full inclusion school 


spring musical, and more 


• offers lots of electives, including 


• publishes student writing through 


French, art, music, and media 


the Teddy Tobin Writing Project 


technology 


• has partnerships with Brigham & 


• works with all kinds of organizations 


Women's Hospital, Northeastern 


and programs, including the 


University, Harvard School of 


Gardner Museum, the Museum of 


Public Health, and the Tobin 


Science, Houghton Mifflin Editors 


Community Center 


Program, and Voyages in Learning 


• provides Northeastern University 


• is partners with the Harvard School 


scholarships to qualified graduates 


of Education and Harvard School of 


• won a 1995 School Improvement 


Business for Saturday morning 


Award 


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• is surrounded by exceptional 
resources: colleges, hospitals, 
museums, and more 

• provides counseling and social 
services on-site 

• has the Tobin School Family 
Support Program, with a Family 
Center, Family Coordinator, 
Parenting Partners, Family 
Exchange, Family Literacy Program 
(ESL classes), and Family Learning 
Program. 

Umana/Barnes Middle School 

312 Border Street, East Boston 
Richard D. O'Neil, Principal 
©635-8481 

The Umanaf Barnes School. . . 

• is attractive and modern, near 
Boston Harbor 

• has 850 students in Grades 6-8 

• clusters students vi^ith a team of five 
teachers 

• offers many electives: computers, art, 
home economics, foreign language, 
music, and media 

• won a 1995 School Improvement 
Award 

• encourages all students to join the 
school's Water Safety program 

• works with MIT, Mass. College of 
Pharmacy, Museum of Science, 
UMass-Boston, and the Harvard- 
Smithsonian Center 

• offers Portuguese and Spanish 
bilingual programs 

• enrolls 50-60 Grade 8 students from 
across the city in the PAL alternative 
program. H 



West Zone 

Elementary 

Schools 



Agassiz Bementary School 

20 Child Street, Jamaica Plain 
Alfredo Nunez, Principal 
©635-8198 

The Agassiz School. . . 
' is in a quiet neighborhood, near 
Forest Hills 

• has 850 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• uses Whole Language and 
Cooperative Learning methods in 
many classrooms 

• has begun thematic teaching: 
weaving a theme through all subjects 

• requires every student to keep a 
journal 

• has a multicultural curriculum, with 
art, music, dance, literature, and 
guest artists from all over the world 

• uses the "outdoor classroom" — the 
Agassiz Arboleda — and has an 
environmental science program that 
pairs high school students with 
second graders 

• has an after school program, 
ALERTA, for selected students 

• has been spruced up by parents, with 
an orchard, teaching gardens, and a 
playground. 



Bates Bementary School 

426 Beech Street, Roslindale 
Catherine James, Principal 

® 635-8064 

The Bates School . . 

• is in a residential neighborhood, 
near Roslindale Square 

• has 340 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• uses Whole Language, Literature is 
Tops, Guided Novel Reading, and 
Writing-to-Read to teach reading, 
and has a home reading program to 
reinforce reading at home 

• also works on reading with West 
Roxbury High School students, the 
"Reading Raiders" 

• has two before school programs: one 
offers tutoring for at-risk students, 
and the other offers indoor and 
outdoor activities 

• has Advanced Work Class for 
eligible students in Grades 4-5 

• has a computer lab and program 

• uses a "hands-on" approach for math 
and science 

• builds self-esteem through Lesson 
One and monthly awards: "Everyone 
Rates at the Bates!" 

• has Arts in Progress All in One, a 
multicultural program using creative 
arts and cultures of Boston's 
population 

• is part of TEAMS 
(Telecommunications Education for 
Advances in Math & Science) 

• uses schoolwide thematic units to 
unify the curriculum 

• publishes a school newspaper and 
has a schoolwide monthly poetry 
project 

• has tutors from Boston Partners in 
Education 

• has a beautiful parent center and 
strong parent involvement 



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Beethoven Qementary School 

5125 Washington Street, 

West Roxbury 

James E. Kirk, Principal 

©635-8149 

The Beethoven School... 

• is in a suburban setting, not far from 
the Dedham Mall 

• has 350 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• has full-time specialists teaching 
music and science 

• has a large auditorium for physical 
education and music classes 

• has two computer labs: IBM and 



West Zone Schools 



Writing-to-Read 

offers PEEP, an enrichment program 

for talented and gifted children 

offers Title I reading and math 

has a SEED grant from Boston Plan 

for Excellence for Kindergarten and 

Grade 1 to stimulate curiosity and 

promote early literacy in a 

"constructivist" classroom 

uses the Cumulative Writing Folder 

in Grades 2-5 

offers the Literature is Tops program 

has an active parent organization 

and a parent center 

has just been renovated. 




Conley Elementary School 

450 Poplar Street, Roslindale 
James F. Daly, Principal 
® 635-8099 

The Conley School... 

• is in a quiet, residential 
neighborhood, on the Hyde Park 
border 

• has 300 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• has a computer lab 

• works with the Boy Scouts of 
America 

• takes part in Reading is 
Fundamental/RIF, Literature is 
Tops, the Neighborhood Arts in 
Progress program, and DARE and 
other drug education programs 

• works with the Museum of Science, 
the Museum of Fine Arts, the 






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Boston Globe Current Events series, 
the National Science Foundation, 
National Football League, Mentor, 
Inc., and Boston Community 
Services 

• has a schoolwide pilot program to 
improve self-esteem, "I Am a Good 
Person." 

J. M. Curley Elementary School 

40 Pershing Road, Jamaica Plain 
Kathleen Armstrong, Principal 
® 635-8239 

The James M. Curley School. . . 

• is located on a beautiful, tree-lined 
residential street, near the Jamaica 
Plain business district 

• has 375 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• offers a safe and exciting learning 
environment for all its students 

• has a parent-organized before school 
program 

• has a fully equipped computer lab 
for writing, plus two more computer 
centers 

• has partnerships with the Executive 
Service Corps of New England, 
Boston Beer Company, Wheelock 
College, Mass. College of Art, 
Hellenic College, Berklee School of 
Music, Boston Partners in 
Education, New Walker School, and 
City Mission Society 

• has "Discover)'," a unique, literature- 
based thematic program in small 
classes (about 14 students) for an 
hour a day 

• publishes a weekly bulletin, monthly 
calendar, and Curleycues — a book 
of children's writing 

• offers art and physical education to 
all students 

• has a parent center, active parent 
committees, and a parent-sponsored 



multicultural arts enrichment 
program with a student 
representative and a parent 
coordinator 

• has a new playground built by 
parents, teachers, students, and 
community volunteers 

• has a Reading Recovery teacher and 
small classes for Grade 1 

• emphasizes self-esteem and 
improved student performance. 

Dickerman Elementary School 

206 Magnolia Street, Dorchester 
Jessica Bolt, Principal 
® 635-8253 

The Dickerman School. . . 

• is in a residential neighborhood, 
near Uphams Corner 

• has 380 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• has a mentor program for students 
from the Mass. Housing Finance 
Agency, now entering its fifth year 

• has Arts in Progress, Community 
Music Center Young Audiences, and 
Literature is Tops programs 

• believes parents are a valuable 
resource, and encourages them to 
visit the classroom or help the 
teacher 

• has art, computers, and physical 
education for all classes 

• has quarterly awards assemblies to 
build self-esteem 

• was modernized in 1991, with warm 
colors, new windows, and sanded 
floors. 



Early Learning Center/West 

at the Hennigan School 

200 Heath Street, Jamaica Plain 

Valerie Gumes, Director 

® 635-8275 

The West Zone Early Learning Center. . . 

• is in a residential area, near the VA 
Hospital and Mission Hill 

• has 125 students from age 4 to 
Grade 1 

• is a full day program for all students, 
from 8:15 A.M. to 2:15 P.M. 

• also offers free before and after 
school care: students can come as 
early as 7:30 A.M. and stay as late as 
6:00 P.M. 

• has a high teacher/pupil ratio and a 
curriculum geared to the unique 
learning needs of small children 

• works closely with parents 

• has a peer mentor program with 
students at the Hennigan School 

• collaborates with Houghton Mifflin, 
the Boston Institute for Art 
Therapies, MJT Dance Co., 
Wheelock College, and 
Northeastern and Harvard 
universities 

• is an alternative to more traditional 
Kindergarten and Grade 1 classes. 

Blis Elementary School 

302 Walnut Avenue, Roxbury 
Carlos R. Gibb, Principal 

® 635-8257 

The Ellis School. . . 

• is in a residential neighborhood, 
near Egleston Square, next door to 
the African-American Museum 

• has 630 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• attracts students from all over the 
zone (and from five continents!) 

• is organized into traditional, self- 



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contained classrooms 

• participates in the Junior 
Achievement Program 

• has Advanced Work Class for 
eligible students in Grades 4 and 5 

• offers Spanish for English-speaking 
students 

• has IBM Writing to Read for 
Kindergarten and Grade 1, Josten's 
Learning Project, and computers for 
all students 

• offers an after school program 
through the YMCA, as well as 
ALERTA, an after school program 
for Latino students 

• has optional school uniforms 

• participates in "All in One Boat," a 
multicultural enrichment program 

• works with the Urban League's 
Youth Education and Development 
Program for Young Men 

• has a choral group and drama classes 

Fuller Bementary School 

25 Glen Road, Jamaica Plain 
Robert J. McLaughlin, Principal 
® 635-8221 

The Fuller School . . 

• is in a residential neighborhood, 
near Green and Washington streets 

• is a small school, with 280 students 
in Kindergarten-Grade 5 

• offers Dramatic Arts and Young 
Authors for Grades 3-4 

• has a before school program 

• scores above the national average in 
all grades in both reading and math 

• has a Macintosh computer lab, a 
telecommunications room, and 
computers in every room 



• offers computer, art, and physical 
education 

• has a Writing to Read Center for 
Kindergarten and Grade 1 

• was the first place elementary school 
winner of the Boston 1995 School 
Improvement Awards 

• offers Boston Ballet's Dance 
Education Program and Drama 
Club 

• is affiliated with the Brookside 
Family Life Center and Dental 
Program — available to all 

• has an Annual Fun Fair and Field 
Day 

• is proud of its strong parent 
involvement, especially in the library 
and with the Read Aloud and 
Weekly Reading Contract programs 

• has just been renovated, inside and 
out. 

Hale Bementary School 

5 1 Cedar Street, Roxbury 
Pasquale Lochiatto, Principal 
® 635-8205 

The Hale School.. 

• is a small school on Fort Hill, not far 
from Roxbury Community College 

• has 200 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• emphasizes improving student skills 
and abilities 

• has a computer lab and a library 

• won a 1995 School Improvement 
Award 

• is a partner with CH2M Hill 
Company, an environmental 
consulting firm 

• has student teachers from Wheelock 
College 

• takes part in Literature is Tops 

• has been completely renovated, with 
new windows, heat, paint, lighting, 
and more. 



Haley Bementary School 

570 American Legion Highway, 

Roslindale 

Judith R. Prince, Principal 

® 635-8169 

The Haley School . . 

• is a bright, modern school, near 
Walk Hill Street 

• has 350 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• has participated in efficacy training 
for staff and administrators 

• is a TEAMS (Telecommunications 
Education for Advancement in Math 
and Science) school: we teach math 
and science "hands-on" 

• sponsors social work interns from 
Boston College 

• has a math/science gardening grant 
developed by parents and teachers 

• has an effective student support 
team, and offers counseling through 
Boston Children's Services 

• has a before school program 

• promotes physical fitness with the 
Body Works program 

• is partners with New Balance and 
M. L. Carr of the Boston Celtics 

• has special multicultural periods to 
share information and respect 

• has an active parent council, with 
committees involved in grant 
writing, staffing, fund raising, and 
volunteering. 

Hennlgan Bementary School 

200 Heath Street, Jamaica Plain 
Eleanor Kearse-Perry, Principal 
® 635-8264 

The Hennigan School... 

• is in a residential area, near the VA 
Hospital and Mission Hill 

• has 700 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 






• has Advanced Work Classes in 
Spanish and English for eligible 
students in Grades 4-5 

• is the "Technology School of the 
Future," with two computer labs 
plus a special lab for Project 
Headlight, a computer program with 
MIT 

• won a 1995 School Improvement 
Award 

• has ESL Immersion and Title I 
reading programs 

• has an up-to-date library with state 
of the art CD-ROM encyclopedia 

• encourages children to become 
involved in our many extracurricular 
programs: dance, theater, vocal and 
instrumental music, sports, 
swimming (our swim team is a 
citywide champion!), visual and fine 
arts 

• is partners with Boston, Simmons, 
and Wheelock colleges, and 
Northeastern University 

• works with a City Year team 

• provides health and counseling 
services. 

Hernandez Elementary & Middle 
School 

61 School Street, Roxbury 
Margarita M. Muniz, Principal 

©635-8187 

The Hernandez School is a citywide 
school, open to students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 8 from all Boston neighborhoods. 
Please see page 11. 

Higginson Bementary School 

160 Harrishof Street, Roxbury 
Ildeberto Pereira, Principal 

® 635-8247 

The Higginson School... 

• is in a quiet, established 



neighborhood, near Egleston Square 

has 210 students in Early 

Childhood-Grade 5 

is a traditional school with small 

classes 

has a computer lab with classes for 

all students 

won a 1995 School Improvement 

Award 

is named for the founder of the 

Boston Symphony Orchestra 

takes part in the Arts in Progress, 

Literature is Tops, Families First, 

and Math for Tomorrow programs 

has a library in each classroom 

has specialists for computer, science, 

music, and physical education 

has schoolwide special needs/regular 

education integrated classes 

has a schoolwide Title I program 

works with consultants from 

Wheelock College 

has an active parent council and 

parents who work in the school 

has just had a $1 million renovation. 



J. F. Kennedy Bementary School 

7 Bolster Street, Jamaica Plain 
Donald DeGrandis, Principal 

©635-8127 

The John F. Kennedy School. . . 

• is in a quiet neighborhood near 
Hyde Square 

• has 600 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• emphasizes basic skills and prides 
itself on a long history of harmony 

• has full-time instructors in science, 
music, physical education, and 
computer 

• has an after school program for 
Grades 1-5 

• was the first Boston public school to 
adopt an optional school uniform 

• won a 1995 School Improvement 



Award 

• offers individual and small-group 
counseling through SCAT (School 
Counseling And Treatment) 

• uses Literature Is Tops, EM-MAT, 
and TEAMS (Telecommunications 
Education for Advances in Math & 
Science) to enrich reading, math, 
and science 

• has a fully equipped computer lab, 
plus computers in most classrooms 

• honors a "Student of the Month" 

• offers Reading Recovery to help 
Grade 1 students in reading 

• has a Talented and Gifted Program 
for Grades 3-5 

• has English as a Second Language 
(ESL) classes for parents and a 
popular drop-in parent center 

• has cheerleaders, recorder 
instruction, school monitors (Grades 
4-5), a chorus, and a school 
newspaper 

• has partnerships with Boston 
College, Hellenic College, UMass- 
Boston, Walker School of Needham, 
and Swartz & Swartz law firm 

• is a bright, modern facility with a 
friendly atmosphere. 

Kilmer Bementary School 

35 Baker Street, West Roxbury 
Thomas E. Byrne Jr., Principal 

® 635-8060 

The Kilmer School. . . 

• is a traditional, small school in a 
quiet, residential neighborhood 

• has 370 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• uses the Writing-to-Read program 

• has a computer lab used by all 
grades, where students learn word 
processing, graphics programming, 
graphing, and computer literacy 

• has at least two computers in each 



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classroom in Grades 1-5 for student 
and teacher use 

• has high test scores in reading and 
math, above the national average 

• has an active, supportive parent 
council 

• has an excellent Talented And 
Gifted (TAG) program 

• is an excellent place for nurturing 
children academically, emotionally 
and physically 

• is well maintained and landscaped, 
with lovely new windows, and was 
recently painted by parent and staff 
volunteers. 

Lyndon Bementary School 

140 Russett Road, West Roxbury 
Kate Johnson and Maureen Roach, 
Lead Teachers 

Brooks Roberts, Site Facilitator 
® 635-6824 

The Lyndon School. . . 

• is in a quiet, residential 
neighborhood, near Hynes Field and 
West Roxbury Parkway 

• opened in September 1995 with 200 
students in Kindergarten-Grade 2: 
Grade 3 opens in September 1996 

• is a "pilot school," free of many 
Boston Public Schools and Boston 
Teachers Union rules and 
regulations 

• has a Spanish bilingual program 

• has no principal: it is run by 
teachers, with strong parent and 
community involvement 

• assigns the same teacher to each class 
for two years 

• emphasizes thematic learning, team 



teaching, and team building 

• has a technology lab and computers 
in every classroom 

• offers an after school program with 
the YMCA 

• has been fully renovated. 

Manning Elementary School 

Loader's Lane, Jamaica Plain 
Casel E. Walker, Principal 
©635-8102 

The Manning School. . . 

is in a safe, residential area, near the 
Faulkner Hospital 
has 200 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

has a Birthday Book program 
funded by the Millipore Foundation 
has a City Year volunteer in every 
classroom 

is an active member of the Arnold 
Arboretum Project and is business 
partners with Faulkner Hospital 
has an excellent science program 
has a physical education program 
with the West Roxbury YMCA 
offers the Manning Chorus and 
instrumental music lessons 
has a Chess Club, Science Club, and 
a Literary Group, open to all 
students 

offers reading programs to meet the 
needs of all students 
has a before school program run by 
parents 

has a tot lot, play area, and 
basketball court, thanks to staff and 
parents. 



Mendell Bementary School 

164 School Street, Roxbury 
Mirna Vega Wilson, Principal 
® 635-8234 

The Mendell School . . 

• is in a quiet neighborhood on the 
Jamaica Plain line 

• has 290 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• has two computer labs 

• is reorganizing to include special 
needs and regular education students 
in the same programs 

• won a 1995 School Improvement 
Award 

• uses cooperative learning and 
exciting "hands-on" materials to 
teach math 

• welcomes parents anytime to observe 
classes, help the teachers, or visit the 
parent center 

• has just been renovated, with new 
energy-efficient windows, heating 
system, lighting, and paint. 

Mozart Bementary School 

236 Beech Street, Roslindale 
Fay Horn Lee, Principal 
(© 635-8082 

The Mozart School. . . 

• is a small school in a residential area, 
not far from the West Roxbury 
Parkway 

• has 200 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• has a WICAT computer lab and 
Writing-to-Read program 

• uses computers in every classroom 
every day 

• has received many grants from 
private and public sources 

• offers an enriched curriculum which 
includes Spanish language 
instruction 



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• participates in the nationally 
acclaimed Accelerated Schools 
network 

• is partners with Boston College and 
Arthur Andersen Consulting 
Company 

• has strong parent involvement: 
parents have helped build an 
outdoor playground and new play 
structure 

• integrates language arts and math 
with music and art 

• has a strong focus on literacy and 
"hands-on" learning 

• provides a safe, nurturing, respectful 
learning environment for its 
students. 

Ohpenbepger Dementary School 

175 West Boundary Road, 

West Roxbury 

Gloria Woods, Principal 

©635-8157 

The Ohrenberger School... 

• is located in a quiet, picturesque 
neighborhood 

• has 670 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• uses Whole Language, cooperative 
learning, and "hands-on" math 

• has four outstanding reading 
programs to help students be good 
readers 

• has a Greek bilingual program for 
Grades 1-5 

• takes part in the Books-and-Beyond 
program (and read over 160,000 
books last year!) 

• has a summer reading program for 
all students and a Daily Journal 
Writing Program in Grades 1-5 

• has smaller class sizes in all grades 

• has a developmental Kindergarten 
program 

• has Apple and new Macintosh 



computer labs 

• is part of TEAMS 
(Telecommunications Education for 
Advances in Math & Science) 

• teaches Spanish in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• won a 1995 School Improvement 
Award 

• offers tennis, soccer, and basketball 

• has partnerships and volunteer 
programs with Teradyne, Judge 
Baker Counseling Center, Harvard 
University School of Education, 
Wellesley College, Boston Partners 
in Education, and Sun Life of 
Canada 

• is a PALMS Advanced Math & 
Science school and a Vanguard 
Grant school for integrated learning 

• has student teachers from Boston 
College 

• has a brand new parent center and 
active parent organizations 

• has Family, Friends and Community 
and Vecinos in Community Service 
programs 

• offers performing arts with Boston 
Ballet and Community Music 
Center of Boston 

• has just had a $2 million renovation 
and is beautifully landscaped. 

PhilbPick Bementary School 

40 Philbrick Street, Roslindale 
Diane Gandy, Principal 
® 635-8069 

The Philbrick School . . 

• is located on a quiet residential 
street, near Forest Hills 

• has 175 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• is a small school with a strong 
feeling of community 

• believes "Inspiration = Education": 
our children are eager to come and 



learn! 

• has a small staff, with a wide range 
of talents and teaching styles, that 
works closely together to meet each 
child's educational needs 

• focuses on individual student 
achievement in reading, math, and 
writing 

• provides Title I reading and Reading 
Recovery 

• has a Greek bilingual program for 
KI and KII 

• has computers in every classroom 

• provides art, science, physical 
education, and library science classes 

• offers instrumental band lessons for 
Grades 3-5, and sponsors the 
Philbrick School Marching Band 

• has won grants from the Boston Plan 
for Excellence, American Humane 
Society, Very Special Arts, PASS, 
and the American Chess Foundation 

• has an active School Parent Council 
and School Site Council 

• is partners with Boston Community 
Services, Boston Education Music 
Collaborative, MSPCC, the Dept. of 
Public Health, and Boston Partners 
in Education 

• offers Girl Scouting for girls in 
Grades 4-5. 

Sumner Bementary School 

1 5 Basile Street, Roslindale 
Joseph Shea, Principal 
©635-8131 

The Sumner School . . 

• is in a quiet, residential area in 
Roslindale Village 

• has 600 students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 5 

• features a parent-run before school 
program 

• offers an expanded Title I Reading 
Program 



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• is part of the Northeastern 
University NUCRCM program 

• uses conflict resolution and takes 
part in the anti-violence Second Step 
Program 

• sponsors a Sumner Read-A-Thon 
Contest 

• has held week-long fairs about 
dinosaurs, the Bill of Rights, and 
Healthy Kids 

• works with many students from 
Boston College 

• has Peer Teaching with students 
from West Roxbury and English 
high schools 

• has a new science grant called 
Project Schema 

• explores nature at the Arnold 
Arboretum and the Trailside 
Museum 

• has a state-of-the-art Macintosh 
computer lab 

• works with the Brown Bag Opera 
Co. and the Pro Arte Orchestra of 
Boston 

• features inclusive classes, where 
regular education and special 
education students learn together 

• is serious about learning 

• plays soccer 

• recycles! 

Troner Dementary School 

135 Humboldt Avenue, Dorchester 
Edna Cason, Principal 

® 635-8225 

The Trotter School. . . 

• is in a residential neighborhood, 
near Franklin Park 

• has 650 students in Kindergarten- 



Grade 5 

is organized into four mini-schools, 

each in a separate area or "pod" 

has multi-grade classrooms: students 

can stay for two years with the same 

teacher 

has WICAT integrated computer 

learning system network 

uses computers extensively, with 

IBM, Writing to Read, Macintosh, 

and Wang labs 

is part of the Boston Music 

Collaborative and has a renowned 

music program 

has TEAMS (Telecommunications 

Education for Advances in Math & 

Science) 

has home reading and after school 

programs 

has a City Year team 

has active parent participation 

has a full-time, professional librarian 

and well stocked library 

has a full-time physical education 

teacher and beautiful gym 

has a full-time art teacher and art 



Young Achievers Science Si 
Mathematics Bementary Schoo! 

90 Smith Street, Boston 
Dawn Lewis, Principal 
® 635-6805 

The Young Achievers School is a city wide 
school for Kindergarten-Grade 2, with 
plans to add Grade 3 in September 1996 
and then expand one grade each year 
through Grade 8. It is open to students 
from all Boston neighborhoods. Please see 
page 12. 



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M. Cupley Middle School 

493 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain 
Valeria Low^e-Barehmi, Principal 
©635-8176 

The Mary Curley School. . . 

• is near Jamaica Pond 

• has 700 students in Grades 6-8 
(some of whose parents teach in the 
school) 

• has Advanced Work Class for 
eligible students in Grade 6 

• offers a two-way Spanish bilingual 
program for Grades 7-8 

• "clusters" students by grade with a 
team of teachers and small classes 

• includes special needs and bilingual 
students in all clusters 

• has Friday Activity Days, with fun 
mini-courses such as jewelry making 
and a computer club 

• is part of TEAMS 
(Telecommunications Education for 
Advances in Math & Science) 

• also has a WICAT lab, a CAD-CAM 
Technology Center, and Channel 1 
Television 

• has active partnerships with DuPont 
Corporation, MassPEP Pre- 
Engineering Program, the Children's 
Museum, Black Achievers, the 
Sports Museum, Simmons College, 
and many more organizations 

• has a parent center and a brand-new 
electronic system to reach parents by 
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• offers mediation and conflict 
resolution for all students 

• is implementing the Comer Model 
and participates in the Northeast 
Regional Center for Drug Free 
Schools & Communities: both are 
based on the belief that collaboration 
with parents, staff, and community 
is necessary for each child's success. 

Hernandez Bementary & Middle 
School 

61 School Street, Roxbury 
Margarita M. Mufiiz, Principal 
©635-8187 

The Hernandez School is a citywide 
school, open to students in Kindergarten- 
Grade 8 from all Boston neighborhoods. 
Please see page 1 1. 

Irving Middle Scliooi 

1 14 Cummins Highway, Roslindale 
Richard Maloney, Principal 
® 635-8072 

The Irving Middle School. . . 

• is in a residential neighborhood, 
near Roslindale Square 

• has 800 students in Grades 6-8 

• has Advanced Work Class for 
eligible students in Grade 6 

• is organized in clusters of five classes 
and five teachers, so teachers work as 
a team, know their students, and are 
better able to craft effective 
programs for them 

• won a 1995 School Improvement 
Award 

• encourages parents to be a part of 
the team and to attend cluster 
meetings 

• provides parent workshops on 
helping their child in school 

• has been designated a "Violence 
Free/Drug Free Zone" by the City 
Council 



• has many teachers' children among 
its students. 

M. L. King Middle School 

77 Lawrence Avenue, Dorchester 
James L. Buckley, Principal 
® 635-8212 

The King School is a citywide school, open 
to students in Grades 6-8 from all Boston 
neighborhoods. Please see page 11. 

Lewis Middle School 

131 Walnut Avenue, Roxbury 
Brenda Jones, Principal 
©635-8137 

The Lewis School.. 

• is a small school, near Malcolm X 
Park 

• has 350 students in Grades 6-8 

• has an exciting, multi-level, across- 
subject approach to learning 

• is a Visual & Performing Arts 
Theme School, with day and after 
school classes in music, dance, and 
the arts 

• provides a safe, caring environment 
for all students 

• has algebra classes 

• has state-of-the-art IBM, Macintosh 
and WICAT labs 

• won a 1995 School Improvement 
Award 

• prepares students to take the ISEE 
test for Boston's examination schools 

• has partnerships, programs, and 
activities with Digital Equipment 
Corp., GTE, Northeastern 
University (NUCRCM), UMass- 
Boston, Boston University, Arts in 
Progress, MassPEP Pre-Engineering 
Program, Project STEP Math & 
Science Program, Project 
Commitment, Project Business, 
Sports Museum, Big Sisters, Boston 



Ballet, Boston Conservatory, and 
Sportsmen's Tennis Club 

• is part of TEAMS 
(Telecommunications Education for 
Advances in Math & Science) and 
EM-MAT (Elementary & Middle 
Math and Technology) 

• offers an advisor-advisee program 

• offers a summer program in July 

• is newly renovated and beautifully 
landscaped. 

R. G. Shaw Middle School 

20 Mt. Vernon Street, 
West Roxbury 
Muriel Leonard, Principal 
® 635-8050 

The R. G. Shaw School... 

• is located in a quiet neighborhood, 
near the library and shopping area 

• has 325 students in Grades 6-8 

• has one computer for every three 
students and an exciting, 
technology-based curriculum 

• uses computers and/or cable 
television in classrooms 

• has WICAT, TEAMS 
(Telecommunications Education for 
Advances in Math & Science), and 
Wang computer labs 

• offers Spanish 

• is partners with the Faulkner 
Hospital for guest speakers, 
innovative course offerings, health 
fairs, contests, and more 

• works with EDC to include special 
education students in regular 
education classes 

• is one of only three Magnet 
Technology Middle Schools in the 
city 

• is part of the Algebra Project, using 
innovative methods to teach math, 
and has a Harcourt General grant to 
improve math teaching 

• receives support in science, math. 



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physics, and engineering through 
Northeastern University's 
NUCRCM 

• offers training for the Oratorical 
Contest and preparation for the 
ISEE test for admission to Boston's 
examination schools 

• has after school sports, clubs, and 
Junior Achievement 

• is part of the Magic Me community 
service project 

• has recently been renovated. 

Timiity Middle School 

205 Roxbury Street, Roxbury 
Roger F. Harris, Principal 
©635-8109 

The Timiity School is a city wide school, 
open to students in Grades 6-8 from all 
Boston neighborhoods. Please see page 11. 

Wheatley Middle School 

20 Kearsarge Avenue, Roxbury 
Michael Anderson, Principal 
©635-8165 

The Wheatley School . . 

• is off the beaten path, in a private 
setting with no foot traffic 

• has 280 students in Grades 6-8 

• clusters by grade, with each grade in 
a separate team area 

• has a veteran staff available for extra 
help before and after school 

• stresses use of real-life skills 

• uses cooperative learning: students 
may work in groups to solve 
problems, work on projects, do peer 
tutoring, and find their own style of 
learning 



connects music, language arts and 

computer instruction with a 

thematic approach 

emphasizes reading in all subject 

areas: all students have a reading 

contract and are encouraged to do 

independent reading projects 

has TEAMS (Telecommunications 

Education for Advances in Math & 

Science) 

has a partnership with Boston 

University Medical Center Hospital, 

providing academic help in tutoring, 

Read Aloud sessions, career 

education, and more 

teams Grade 6 with a middle school 

in Westwood for a project with the 

New England Sports Museum to 

build understanding of others 

has the award-winning NXTieatley 

Garden, tended by students in the 

summer, with teacher supervision 

and City Year support 

has been recently renovated, with 

new paint and plaster, polished 

marble in the entry and auditorium, 

and beautiful landscaping, equal to 

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High Schools 

For more information, call or visit the 
High School Parent Information Center, 
635-8890. Also ask about alternative high 
school programs. 

Boston Arts Academy 

Contact: Linda Sevey 
©731-4231 

• Scheduled to open in September 
1996 with Grades 9 and 10, then 
expanding one grade per year through 
Grade 12 

• Theme: The arts, including dance, 
music, theatre, and visual arts 

• Students will be screened for 
admission through interviews to 
determine their level of commitment 
to and potential in the arts. 

Boston High School 

1 52 Arlington Street, Boston 
Thomas Hennessey, Headmaster 
® 635-8937 

• Grades 9-12 

• Theme: Work-Study 

Boston Latin Academy 

205 Townsend St., Roxbury 

Maria Garcia-Aaronson, Headmaster 

© 635-9957 

• Grades 7-12 

• Exam School 

• Theme: Classical Education 

Boston Latin School 

78 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston 
Michael Contompasis, Headmaster 
© 635-8895 

• Grades 7-12 

• Exam School 

• Theme: Classical Education 



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Brighton High School 

25 Warren Street, Brighton 
Juliette Johnson, Headmaster 
® 635-9873 

• Grades 9-12 

• Theme: Health Careers 

Burlie High School 

60 Washington Street, Dorchester 
Steven Leonard, Headmaster 
® 635-9837 

• Grades 9-12 

• Theme: Computer Technology 

Charlestown High School 

240 Medford Street, Charlestown 
Marilyn Hurwitz, Headmaster 
©635-9914 

• Grades 9-12 

• Theme: Humanities 

Dorchester High School 

9 Peacevale Road, Dorchester 
Christopher Lane, Headmaster 
(D 635-8904 

• Grades 9-12 

• Theme: LEAP (Law, Education, 
Allied Health & Public Service) 

East Boston High School 

86 White Street, East Boston 
John Poto, Headmaster 
® 635-9896 

• Grades 9-12 

• Theme: Travel and Tourism 

The English High School 

144 McBride Street, Jamaica Plain 
Gerald Sullivan, Headmaster 
® 635-8979 

• Grades 9-12 

• Theme: Schools Within a School 



Hyde Park High School 

655 Metropolitan Ave., Hyde Park 
Curtis Wells, Headmaster 

® 635-8948 

• Grades 9-12 

• Theme: Banking and Finance 

Madison Park Technical Vocational 
High School 

55 New Dudley Street, Roxbury 
Richard Fields, Executive Director 
® 635-8970 

• Grades 9-12 

• Theme: Technical and Vocational 
Education 

Allied Health and Human Services 
Academy 

Diana Jones, Dean 

® 635-8976 

Baking, Childcare, Cosmetology, 

Dental Assistant, Food Services, 

Hotel/Hospitality, Medical 

Assistant, Nursing Assistant 

Commerce Academy 

Pamela Fuller, Dean 
® 635-8962 

Banking, Commercial Design, 
Information Processing, Legal 
Office, Medical Secretary, Printing, 
TV Production, Office Technology/ 
General Business, Office 
Technology/Finance 

Craft and Technical Academy 

Charles Cafferty, Dean 
® 635-8968 

Auto/Truck Repair, Autobody 
Repair, Building Maintenance, 
Carpentry, Electricity, Electronics, 
Heating/Air Conditioning, Marine 
Small Engine, Plumbing, Sheet 
Metal 



Freshman Academy 

Ronald Bayless, Dean 
® 635-8964 

Roland Hayes Division of Music 

Robert Winfrey, Program Director 
® 635-8970 

O'Bryant School of Mathematics and 
Science 

55 New Dudley Street, Roxbury 
Gustave Anglin, Headmaster 
® 635-9932 

• Grades 7-12 

• Exam School 

• Theme: Mathematics and Science 

Snowden International High School 

1 50 Newbury Street, Boston 
Gloria Coulter, Headmaster 
® 635-9989 

• Grades 9-12 

• Theme: International Studies and 
Modern Languages 

South Boston High School 

95 G Street, South Boston 
Lorraine Hamilton, Headmaster 

® 635-9857 

• Grades 9-12 

• Theme: Marine and Environmental 
Sciences 

West Boxbury High School 

1205 YEW Parkway, West Roxbury 
Donald Pellegrini, Headmaster 
©635-8917 

• Grades 9-12 

• Theme: Media and 
Communications 

• Vocational Programs: Agriculture; 
Small Animal Science I 



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To 

Register 

Apply 

For 

School 



Please note: Dates may 
change. Call any Parent 
Information Center for 
current dates. 



HOW 



If you are registering for the 
Boston Public Schools for 
the first tim.e, you must go to a 
I Parent: Information Center. 
Please bring: 

■ Two preprinted proofs of 
address: a drivers license, 
iitiiit)^ bills, Medicare or 
Medicaid card, etc. 

■ Up-to-date immunization 
records and TB test results. 

B Your child's birth certificate if 
you are registering for 
Kindergarten or Grade 1. 

If your child already attends a 
Boston Public School, you will get 
an application from your child's 
school. 



WHEN 



FIRST APPLICATION PERIOD: 
January 2- January 31, 1996 

Kindergarten, Grades 1, 6 and 9 
Assignments issued: 

Week of February 26 

LATE APPLICATIONS: 
February 1 -March 15, 1996 

Kindergarten, Grades 1, 6 and 9 
Assignments issued: Week of April 8 

TRANSFERS AND NEW 

REGISTRATIONS: 

February 12-March 15, 1996 

Grades 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, II, 12 
Assignments issued: Week of April 8 

APPLICATIONS PROCESSED MONTHLY: 
March 16-June 30, 1996 



WHERE 



Go to any Parent 
Information Center. 
Hours: 8:30 A.M.-5 EM., Monday 
through Friday during the school 
year; 9 A.M. -3 P.M. during school 
vacations and summer. 

WBTZONEPAilB«TCB\ITB{ 
©635-8040 

at the Jennie Barron Building 

515 Hyde Park Avenue, Roslindale 

(near Cummins Highway) 

Help in English, Greel<, Haitian Creole, Laotian, 

Spanisli 

Transportation ..„„. 635-8028 

EAST ZONE PARBtlTCBniR 
<g) 635-8015 

at the Camptiell Resource Center 
1216 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester 
(behind Burger King) 
Help in English, Spanish, Vietnamese 
Transportation ..635-8018 

NORTH ZONE PflRB\(T CBVTBt 
©635-8340 

at the Josiah Quincy School 

885 Washington Street, Boston 

(near New England Medical Center) 

Help in English, Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish 

Transportation 635-8342 

M6H SCHOOL PARByrceVTBt 
©635-8890 

at Madison Park High School 
55 New Dudley Street, Roxbury 
(near Roxbury Crossing MBTA station) 
Help in English, Spanish 
Transportation 635-8892 

ffiULTUNGUAL PA8BVT miim 
© 635-8125 

at the Parkman School Building 

25 Walk Hill Street, Roslindale 

(near Forest Hills MBTA station) 

Help in Cambodian, Chinese, French, Haitian 

Creole, Cape Verdean creole, English, Greek, 

Laotian, Portuguese, Somali, Spanish, 

Vietnamese 



Prefii 

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